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Aristotelianism in the 17th century

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA081-2
Version: v2,  Published online: 2015
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Article Summary

Aristotelians in the seventeenth century comprised a group of mostly anonymous textbook writers whose chief claim to fame is that their philosophy was opposed by such early moderns as Descartes and Galileo. In line with the characterization of them by their opponents, their philosophy has generally been depicted as conservative, monolithic and moribund. However, it is difficult to ratify such judgments. As Aristotelians, these philosophers do not seem particularly conservative; they appear to have assimilated many of the scientific developments of the seventeenth century, and the diversity and range of their views is quite broad. Some of the doctrines peculiar to them, or their particular developments of older views, can be seen as the background against which modern philosophy developed.

Citing this article:
Ariew, Roger. Aristotelianism in the 17th century, 2015, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA081-2. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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