Nicholas of Autrecourt

(c. 1300—1369)

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French opponent of Aristotelianism. Nicholas queried the basis of Aristotelian theory of knowledge in sense perception, and also, as Hume did subsequently, queried the basis of inductive and causal reasoning. A list of propositions from his writings was condemned in 1346, after which he formally recanted and burned his works.

Subjects: Philosophy — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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