Definition of Aristotelian in English:



  • Relating to Aristotle or his philosophy.

    • ‘The desire for knowledge, which Aristotle thought to be part of every man's nature and which was the dominant aspect of his own personality, informs and unifies the tripartite structure of Aristotelian philosophy.’
    • ‘All changes in the visible objects of the world of appearance are brought about by relocations of these atoms: in Aristotelian terms, the atomists reduce all change to change of place.’
    • ‘Alexander's exegetical activity extended to include short discussions on specific points of interpretation within Aristotelian philosophy.’
    • ‘This introduces the Aristotelian alternative to Bentham.’
    • ‘The author pleads for applying to theology the methods of the natural sciences, as in former times Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy were used by the Christian theologians.’
    • ‘In 1581 he entered the University of Pisa to study medicine and the Aristotelian philosophy, but soon abandoned medicine for mathematics and physical science.’
    • ‘Shaping impulses, recalls Platonic and Aristotelian reason's governing and guiding appetites and emotions.’
    • ‘What he failed to realize was the extent to which the Catholic Church and Aristotelian philosophers would react adversely to the information about the heavens that his telescope revealed.’
    • ‘After the Scholastic period the term ‘intentionality’ fell into a certain disrepute, as did many terms arising from Aristotelian philosophy.’
    • ‘Whether such facts were or were not recognized by Aristotelian philosophers was a matter of no interest to him.’
    • ‘It is this emphasis on the control of natural forces that most clearly sets apart Bacon's philosophy from the Aristotelian philosophy he hoped to overthrow.’
    • ‘Moreover, even in the Aristotelian ontology, not everything that was attributed to a subject had to be an accident.’
    • ‘Theophrastus sustained the Aristotelian character of the Lyceum.’
    • ‘In keeping with his views on knowledge and language, Crathorn advocated radical changes to traditional Aristotelian ontology.’
    • ‘In many respects Charron was a pure sceptic, whose criticisms of Aristotelian philosophy were among the most cogent produced by the Renaissance sceptics.’
    • ‘To these Aristotelian concepts Aquinas added Christian convictions that God is loving, providential, and ruler of the universe.’
    • ‘The Aristotelian characterization of philosophy cannot in any case be transferred back to the thinking of Heraclitus and Parmenides.’
    • ‘According to Aristotelian metaphysics, natures are complexes of powers.’
    • ‘Certainly, professors of philosophy were careful to reconcile Aristotelian ethics and metaphysics with Augustinian orthodoxy.’
    • ‘Among ancient philosophies it is the Aristotelian tradition which has the broadest and most generous conception of what the study of nature is.’


  • A student of Aristotle or an adherent of his philosophy.

    • ‘Even while she tries to spare as many well-meaning Aristotelians as possible, Haskins hands Aristotle himself an indictment detailing his crimes against liberal democracy and true civic discourse.’
    • ‘Some scholars argue that no one is an Aristotelian anymore, if by Aristotelianism is meant testing ‘the world’ by experiment and observation rather than theory.’
    • ‘Intellectually, he was an Aristotelian in an age of Kant.’
    • ‘Kepler demonstrated - the Aristotelians taught, and the empiricists copied them, that you must interpret the facts of sensation, of sense-perception, in such a way as to adduce a regularity of action, which is running the universe.’
    • ‘Pleasure seekers and Aristotelians alike will find comfort in the research findings that there are actually many tangible advantages of happiness.’
    • ‘It is common for modern Aristotelians, who otherwise have a high view of Aristotle's relevance to modern philosophy, to treat this argument as being of purely historical interest, and not essential to Aristotle's system as a whole.’
    • ‘The theory put forward refers in an eclectic vein to atomism, criticizes Aristotelians and Copernicans, but also touches on Galileo, Paracelsus, William Gilbert, Telesio, and Arabic astronomy.’
    • ‘The importance of combination for Aristotelians lay in the philosophical challenge it posed.’
    • ‘Again in line with the Aristotelians, al-Sijzi only recognizes that conception which is ‘essential’ and revealed by way of a rational intuition or expressed in a definition.’
    • ‘For an Aristotelian, the baser kinds of matter are earth and water.’
    • ‘Indeed, Galileo's first opponents were the Aristotelians at the Universities, while the four leading pioneers of geokineticism - Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton - were all young-earth creationists!’
    • ‘Many Church leaders allowed themselves to be persuaded by the Aristotelians at the universities that the geocentric (earth-centred) system was taught in Scripture and that Galileo was contradicting the Bible.’
    • ‘While presenting himself as an advocate of traditional learning, Kircher, like many of his fellow Jesuits, was hardly a strict Aristotelian.’
    • ‘In the second half of the seventeenth century, Aristotelians rejected Ptolemy's and Aristotle's own account of planetary structure, but they adopted instead the equally geocentric model of the Dane Tycho Brahe.’
    • ‘Renaissance Aristotelians offered a qualitative explanation of the way Nature behaved in general.’
    • ‘The system of Sacrobosco, then, had nine spheres, the outermost being occupied by the activity of the First Mover who was, for a medieval Aristotelian like Sacrobosco, the Christian God.’
    • ‘The modern Aristotelian, less inclined to discount inferiors and outsiders than Aristotle himself, can fight back.’
    • ‘But in terms of ideas, an important place must be given to Aquinas and his fellow Christian Aristotelians.’
    • ‘He was an orthodox Aristotelian in his view of the cosmos as unique, uncreated, and geocentric.’
    • ‘The recognition that Thomas is fundamentally an Aristotelian is not equivalent to the claim that Aristotle is the only influence on him.’