The Aristotelian Tradition and the Rise of British Empiricism
This book is a radical reappraisal of the importance of Aristotelianism in Britain. Using a full range of manuscripts as well as printed sources, it provides an entirely new interpretation of the impact of the early-modern Aristotelian tradition upon the rise of British Empiricism, and reexamines the fundamental shift from a humanist logic to epistemology and facultative logic. The task is to reconstruct the philosophical background and framework in which the thought of philosophers such Locke, Berkeley and Hume originated: some aspects of their empiricism can be explained only in reference to the academic Aristotelian tradition, even if these authors established themselves as anti-scholastic, anti-Aristotelian philosophers outside the official institutions.
Contains a unique history of epistemology before John Locke
First book that considers the intellectual background of the rise of empiricism and shows the continuity of the Aristotelian scientia in the seventeenth century
Considers all the logical textbooks, which were published in Britian between (1570–1689