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Single Idea 16741

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 2. Substance / a. Substance]

Full Idea

There is a broad scholastic tendency to understand Aristotelianism not in abstract, metaphysical terms, but as a concrete, physical theory of the world.

Gist of Idea

Scholastics wanted to treat Aristotelianism as physics, rather than as metaphysics


Robert Pasnau (Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 [2011], 23.5)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.538

A Reaction

This seems to give a good explanation of why Aristotelianism plummeted to oblivion in the 17th C. Pasnau obviously wants to revive it, by drawing a sharp line between metaphysics and science. I doubt the line.

Related Idea

Idea 16747 Scholastics made forms substantial, in a way unintended by Aristotle [Pasnau]