Giacomo Zabarella, De rebus naturalibus (2 vols.)


Giacomo Zabarella (1533-1589) was a Renaissance Aristotelian who enjoyed extraordinary prestige in life, especially in the fields of logic and natural philosophy. The De rebus naturalibus libri XXX was completed by Zabarella at the very end of his life: the dedicatory letter to Pope Sixtus V is dated just a month before his death. This writing had great impact and a large influence, as its editorial success in Italy and abroad (especially in Germany) reflects. It represents a massive effort to collect all the issues that come under the heading of “natural philosophy” and that had been taking shape from antiquity to the time of Zabarella within the vast and multifarious field of Aristotelianism: hence its encyclopedic character and extraordinary extension.

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Biographical Note

José Manuel García Valverde received his Ph. D. at the University of Sevilla (2004). He has been teaching Classical Greek and History of Philosophy in different places. Recent publications include Pietro Pomponazzi, Tutti i trattati peripatetici and Agostino Nifo, L'immortalità dell'anima.

Review Quotes

“Valverde’s annotation is accurate, it is helpful for an adequate understanding of the text and constitutes a valuable instrument for further research.” — bruniana & campanelliana, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2017), pp. 302-303.

Table of contents


1. Scientific Method and Demonstrative Discourse in Giacomo Zabarella.
2. The Aristotelianism of Zabarella in the De rebus naturalibus.
3. Sources of the De rebus naturalibus.
4. The Main Features of Zabarella’s Explanatory Model.
5. General Structure of the De rebus naturalibus and the Question of its Unity.
6. Note on the Text.


Liber I. De naturalis scientiae constitutione.
Liber II: De prima rerum materia libri duo. Liber primus.
Liber III: De prima rerum materia. Liber secundus.
Liber IV: De natura.
Liber V: De inventione aeterni motoris.
Liber VI: De natura caeli.
Liber VII: De motu ignis in orbem.
Liber VIII: De motu gravium et levium libri duo. Liber primus.
Liber IX: De motu gravium et levium. Liber secundus.
Liber X: De constitutione individui.
Liber XI: De communi rerum generatione et interitu.
Liber XII: De reactione.
Liber XIII: De mistione.
Liber XIV: De qualitatibus elementaribus. Liber primus.
Liber XV: De qualitatibus elementaribus. Liber secundus.
Liber XVI: De regionibus aeris.
Liber XVII: De calore caelesti.
Liber XVIII: De misti generatione et interitu. Liber primus .
Liber XIX: De misti generatione et interitu. Liber secundus.
Liber XX: De misti generatione et interitu. Liber tertius.
Liber XXI: De facultatibus animae.
Liber XXII: De partitione animae.
Liber XXIII: De accretione et nutritione.
Liber XXIV: De sensu agente.
Liber XXV: De visu. Liber primus.
Liber XXVI: De visu. Liber secundus.
Liber XXVII: De mente humana.
Liber XXVIII: De speciebus intelligibilibus .
Liber XXIX: De mente agente.
Liber XXX: De ordine intelligendi.


Tabula Capitulorum.
Index of Names.


All interested in the history of Renaissance thought, and anyone concerned with Natural Philosophy, Aristotle and Aristotelianism.