Defending Copernicus and Galileo: Critical Reasoning in the Two Affairs

Defending Copernicus and Galileo: Critical Reasoning in the Two Affairs

by Maurice A. Finocchiaro


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Galileo’s trial over his theories on the Earth’s motion ended with his condemnation by the Inquisition. This book judiciously compares and contrasts that trial and the subsequent controversy over the rightness of that condemnation continuing to our day.

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ISBN-13: 9789400731646
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science , #280
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Detailed Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Galilean Approach to the Galileo Affair
Part I: Defending Copernicus
1. The Geostatic Worldview
2. The Copernican Controversy
3. Galileo’s Stances toward Copernican Astronomy
4.Galilean Critiques of the Biblical Objection
5. Galileo on the Mathematical Physics of Terrestrial Extrusion
6. Galilean Rationality in the Copernican Revolution
Part II: Defending Galileo
7. The Trial of Galileo, 1613-1633
8. The Galileo Affair, 1633-1992
9. Galileo Right for the Wrong Reasons?
10. Galileo as a Bad Theologian?
11. Galileo as a Bad Epistemologist?
12. Galileo as a Symbol of Science vs. Religion?
Selected Bibliography

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