Book ID: CBB454868557

Quantifying Aristotle: The Impact, Spread and Decline of the Calculatores Tradition (2022)


Aristotelian philosophy is generally regarded as incompatible with the mathematical methods and principles that form the basis of modern science. This book offers an entirely new perspective on this presumed incompatibility. It surveys the tradition of the Oxford Calculators from its beginnings in the fourteenth century until Leibniz and the philosophy of the seventeenth century and explores how the Calculators' techniques of quantification expanded the conceptual and methodological limits of Aristotelianism. In the process, it examines a large number of authors, some of them never studied in this context. Exploring the relationship between various late medieval disciplines, the book sheds new light on the problem of continuity vs. discontinuity between scholasticism and modern science. Beyond its historiographical purpose, this book also hopes to be a source of inspiration for present-day philosophers of science.

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Authors & Contributors
Detel, Wolfgang
Berggren, John Lennart
Bayonas, August
Boniolo, Giovanni
Mason, John B.
Bockstaele, Paul P.
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
European Legacy
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Springer International
Philosophy of science
Methodology of science; scientific method
Descartes, René
Gassendi, Pierre
Duhem, Pierre
Popper, Karl Raimund
Romanus, Adrianus
Hume, David
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
15th century
18th century
Vienna (Austria)
Turin (Italy)

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