In such a critical generation the words of Averroism found willing ears, and pupils who outran their teacher.
The parties seemed to have changed when Averroism thus took the side of the church; but the change was probably due to compulsion.
Such is, in brief, the history of Averroism as it invaded Europe from Spain.
Under the designation of Averroism, there came into prominence the theories of Emanation and Absorption.
Notwithstanding, Averroism was a fashionable cult in Venice.
So, too, among the Jews who were then the leading intellects of the world, Averroism had been largely propagated.
In the later middle ages free thought, combating the Thomistic system, inclined to Averroism.
Renan, however, says that he merely tried to justify Averroism against the charge of heterodoxy.