Article ID: CBB001451905

Humans, Elephants, Diamonds and Gold: Patterns of Intentional Design in Girolamo Cardano's Natural Philosophy (2014)


Giglioni, Guido (Author)

Volume: 71, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 237-257

Distancing himself from both Aristotelian and Epicurean models of natural change, and resisting delusions of anthropocentric grandeur, Cardano advanced a theory of teleology centred on the notion of non-human selfhood. In keeping with Plato, he argued that nature was ruled by the mind, meaning by “mind” a universal paragon of intelligibility instantiated through patterns of purposive action (“noetic” teleology). This allowed Cardano to defend a theory of natural finalism in which life was regarded as a primordial attribute of being, already in evidence in the most elementary forms of nature, whose main categories were ability to feign, self-interest, self-preservation and indefinite persistence. Keywords: teleology, nature, self-preservation, mind, life, deception

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Authors & Contributors
Cardano, Girolamo
Regier, Jonathan
Ertel, Hans
Schröder, Wilfried
Canziani, Guido
Baldi, Marialuisa
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Science
Franco Angeli Editore
WP Druck & Verlag
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
New York, City University of
Emory University
Natural philosophy
Philosophy of science
Cardano, Girolamo
Vanini, Giulio Cesare
Newton, Isaac
Pomponazzi, Pietro
Ficino, Marsilio
Time Periods
16th century
Early modern
17th century
20th century, early
Florence (Italy)
Oxford University

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