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  • Print publication year: 2000
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17 - Doctrines of explanation in late scholasticism and in the mechanical philosophy

from IV - Body and the physical world
The notion that explanation provides knowledge of the cause of a phenomenon is a common feature of Aristotelian systems and the mechanical philosophies of the seventeenth century. For Aristotle, Saint Thomas, later scholastics, and the proponents of the new science, the relationship between explanans and explanandum, whatever else it may be must above all be causal. Before turning to the doctrine of explanation operative among seventeenth-century scholastics, this chapter examines the more orthodox Aristotelian account from which it derives. The discussion is more a generalised and highly distilled synopsis. Some elements in it are explicitly found in Aristotle; others come directly from Saint Thomas; still other features are more common within the Peripatetic tradition, both before and after Thomas. Although several distinct mediaeval philosophical traditions were influential in the revival of scholasticism in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the overwhelming tendency was towards Aristotelianism,.
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