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Alessandro Piccolomini and the certitude of mathematics

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This paper offers a reconstruction of Alessandro Piccolomini's philosophy of mathematics, and reconstructs the role of Themistius and Averroes in the Renaissance debate on Aristotle's theory of proof. It also describes the interpretative context within which Piccolomini was working in order to show that he was not an isolated figure, but rather that he was fully involved in the debate on mathematics and physics of Italian Aristotelians of his time. The ideas of Lodovico Boccadiferro and Sperone Speroni will be analysed. This paper demonstrates that Piccolomini's attack on the certitude of mathematics was a product of discussions between Aristotelians.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dep. d'Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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