1509 – Telesio – bio

Bernardino Telesio was born in 1509 in Cosenza, in Italy. He studied at Padua University, then spent some time in a Benedictine monastery. He was critical of the abstract reasoning in the philosophy of Aristotle, insisting we should focus instead on empirical evidence. He wrote a nine volume collection called, “On the Nature of Things according to their Own Principles”, which covered reason, ethics, perception, cosmology and biology. He is credited with being one of the first of the “modern” philosophers who set the tone for the Renaissance and the development of the scientific method.

PRECURSOR:
-0384 – Aristotle
0129 – Galen
1401 – Nicholas of Cusa

CONCURRENT:
1500 – Fontana/Tartaglia
1533 – Zabarella
1548 – Giordano Bruno
1561 – Francis Bacon
1564 – Galileo

SUBSEQUENT:
1596 – Descartes
1588 – Hobbes

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