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Paduan Averroism Reconsidered

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This chapter describes that the thought of the notorious Florentine and his successors which forms the basis of what we refer to as the modern enterprise would have been impossible without the preparatory clearing of the underbrush made by the Italian Averroists and Alexandrists, whose center of activity was in Padua. The author believes a reexamination of Renaissance Averroism is now called for, and an unprejudiced re-reading of both Latin and Jewish Averroists, published and unpublished, will not only support Renan, Mardonnet, et al., but will bring to light the roots of modernity and of the enlightenment. The chapter highlights the distinguishing characteristics of Averroism, medieval and renaissance.

Keywords:Florentine milieu; padua; paduan averroism



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