© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156853407X202539 Vivarium 45 (2007) 113-124 www.brill.nl/viv v i v a r i u m Francesco Patrizi da Cherso’s Criticism of Aristotle’s Logic * Luc Deitz Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg Abstract Francesco Patrizi da Cherso’s Discussiones peripateticae (1581) are one of the most com- prehensive analyses of the whole of Aristotelian philosophy to be published before Werner Jaeger’s Aristoteles . Th e main thrust of the argument in the Discussiones is that whatever Aristotle had said that was true was not new, and that whatever he had said that was new was not true. Th e article shows how Patrizi proves this with respect to the Organon , and deals with the implications for the history af ancient philosophy in general implied by his stance. Keywords Francesco Patrizi, Aristotle’s Organon , Renaissance philosophy, philosophia perennis By the middle of the 16th century, the high tide of Platonism that had so powerfully risen with Ficino one hundred years before, had ebbed down con- siderably. Aristotle, often clad in the garb of Averroes, had carried the day, both in physics and in metaphysics. Committed Platonic philosophers were few and far between in the late
Vivarium – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: ARISTOTLE'S ORGANON; FRANCESCO PATRIZI; RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY; PHILOSOPHIA PERENNIS
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