The Mechanization of Aristotelianism: The Late Aristotelian Setting of Thomas Hobbes Natural Philosophy

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This book discusses the Aristotelian setting of Thomas Hobbes' main work on natural philosophy, De Corpore (1655). Leijenhorst's study puts particular emphasis on the second part of the work, entitled Philosophia Prima. Although Hobbes presents his mechanistic philosophy of nature as an outright replacement of Aristotelian physics, he continued to use the vocabulary and arguments of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Aristotelianism. Leijenhorst shows that while in some cases this common vocabulary hides profound conceptual innovations, in other cases Hobbes' self-proclaimed "new" philosophy is simply old wine in new sacks. Leijenhorst's book substantially enriches our insight in the complexity of the rise of modern philosophy and the way it struggled with the Aristotelian heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004117297
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/18/2001
  • Series: Medieval and Early Modern Science Series, #3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Cees Leijenhorst, Ph.D. (1998) in Philosophy, Utrecht University (Netherlands), is Research Fellow at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Natural Philosophy at Nijmegen University (Netherlands). He has published on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, Renaissance natural philosophy and Hermeticism.
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Table of Contents


Notice to the Reader

Hobbes and the Aristotelians
Philosophia Prima
The Scope and structure of this Study

Chapter 1 Hobbes and the Aristotelians on Prima Philosophia
1. Prima Philosophia as a Discipline of the Non-Transcendent
2. Prima Philosophia as Physica Generalis
3. Prima Philosophia as a Science of Principles and Definitions

Chapter 2 Sense Perception and Imagination
1. Sense Perception in the Short Tract
2. Hobbes' Later Doctrine of Sense Perception
Conclusion: Aristotelianism, Mechanicism, and Renaissance Pansensism

Chapter 3 Space and Time
1. Hobbes’ Concept of Space
2. Hobbes’ Concept of Time

Chapter 4 Body and Accident
1. Substance and Accident in the Short Tract
2. Hobbes’ Concept of Body in De Corpore
3. Hobbes’ Concept of Accident in De Corpore
Epilogue: The Principle of Individuation

Chapter 5 Causality, Motion and Necessity
1. Motion, Causality and Necessity in the Short Tract
2. Causality, Motion, and Necessity in Hobbes’ Later Works


Primary Literature

Index Nominum

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