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The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History / Edition 1

The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History / Edition 1

by Maurice A. FinocchiaroMaurice A. Finocchiaro
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In 1633 the Roman Inquisition concluded the trial of Galileo Galilei with a condemnation for heresy. The trial was itself the climax of a series of events which began two decades earlier (in 1613) and included another series of Inquisition proceedings in 1615-1616. Besides marking the end of the controversy that defines the original episode, the condemnation of 1633 also marks the beginning of another classic controversy-about the Galileo affair, its causes, its implications, and its lessons; about whether, for example, John Milton was right when in the Areopagitica he commented on his visit to Galileo in Florence by saying: "There it was that I found and visited the famous Galileo, grown old a prisoner to the Inquisition, for thinking in astronomy otherwise than the Franciscan and Dominican licensers thought." I happen to be extremely interested in this second story and second controversy, and a critical interpretation of the affair remains one of my ultimate goals. But that is not the subject of the present work, which is rather concerned with something more fundamental, namely with the documentation of the original episode.
To be more exact, the aim of this book is to provide a documentary history of the series of developments which began in 1613 and culminated in 1633 with the trial and condemnation of Galileo. That is, it aims to provide a collection of the essential texts and documents containing information about both the key events and the key issues. The documents have been translated into English from the original languages, primarily Italian and partly Latin; they have been selected, are arranged, annotated, introduced, and otherwise edited with the following guiding principles in mind: to make the book as self-contained as possible and to minimize contentious interpretation and evaluation. The Galileo affair is such a controversial and important topic that one needs a sourcebook from which to learn firsthand about the events and the issues; since no adequate volume of the kind exists, this work attempts to fill the lacuna.
The originals of the documents translated and collected here can all be found in printed sources. In fact, with one exception they are all contained in the twenty volumes of the National Edition of Galileo's works, edited by Antonio Favaro and first published in 1890-1909. The exception is the recently discovered "Anonymous Complaint About The Assayer," whose original was discovered and first published in 1983 by Pietro Redondi; this document is also contained in the critical edition of the Inquisition proceedings edited by Sergio M. Pagano and published in 1984 by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. My selection was affected partly by the criterion of importance insofar as I chose documents that I felt to be (more or less) essential. Since I was also influenced by the double focus of this documentary history on events and issues, I therefore included two types of documents: the first consists of relatively short documents which are mostly either Inquisition proceedings (Chapters V and IX) or letters (Chapters I, VII, and VIII) and which primarily (though not exclusively) record various occurrences; the second type consists of longer essays by Galileo (Chapters II, Ill, IV, and VI) which discuss many of the central scientific and philosophical issues and have intrinsic importance independent of the affair. Finally, my goal of maximizing the autonomy of this volume suggested another reason for including some of these longer informative essays on the scientific issues (Chapters IV and VI).

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ISBN-13: 9780520066625
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/19/1989
Series: California Studies in the History of Science , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Maurice A. Finocchiaro is Professor of Philosophy and Barrick Distinguished Scholar at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and author of Galileo and the Art of Reasoning, among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments


I. Correspondence (1613-1615)
Castelli to Galileo (14 December 1613)
Galileo to Castelli (21 December 1613)
Galileo to Monsignor Dini (16 February 1615)
Monsignor Dini to Galileo (7 March 1615)
Galileo to Monsignor Dini (23 March 1615)
Cardinal Bellarmine to Foscarini (12 April 1615)

II. Galileo's Considerations on the Copernican
Opinion (1615)

III. Galileo's Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina

IV. Galileo's Discourse on the Tides (1616)
V. The Earlier Inquisition Proceedings (1615 -1616)
Lorini's Complaint (7 February 1615)
Consultant's Report on the Letter to Castelli (1615)

VI Contents
Caccini's Deposition (20 March 1615)
Ximenes' Deposition (13 November 1615)
Attavanti's Deposition (14 November 1615)
Consultants' Report on Copernicanism
(24 February 1616)
Inquisition Minutes (25 February 1616)
Special Injunction (26 February 1616)
Inquisition Minutes (3 March 1616)
Decree of the Index (5 March 1616)
Galileo to the Tuscan Secretary of State
(6 March 1616)
Galileo to the Tuscan Secretary of State
(12 March 1616)
Cardinal Bellarmine's Certificate (26 May 1616)
VI. Galileo's Reply to Ingoli (1624)
VII. Miscellaneous Documents (1618-1633)
Galileo to Archduke Leopold of Austria
(23 May 1618)
Correction of Copernicus's On the Revolutions
(15 May 1620)
Anonymous Complaint About The Assayer
(1624 or 1625)
Guiducci to Galileo (18 April 1625)
Galileo to the Tuscan Secretary of State
(7 March 1631)
The Vatican Secretary to the Tuscan Ambassador
(25 April 1631)
Galileo to the Tuscan Secretary of State
(3 May 1631)
The Vatican Secretary to the Florentine Inquisitor
(24 May 1631)
The Florentine Inquisitor to the Vatican Secretary
(31 May 1631)
The Vatican Secretary to the Florentine Inquisitor
(19 July 1631)
The Tuscan Ambassador to Galileo (19 July 1631)
Preface to the Dialogue (1632)
Ending of the Dialogue (1632)
Special Commission Report on the Dialogue
(September 1632)
Cardinal Barberini to the Florentine Nuncio
(25 September 1632)
Galileo to Diodati (15 January 1633)

VIII. Diplomatic Correspondence (1632-1633)

IX. The Later Inquisition Proceedings (1633)
Galileo's First Deposition (12 April 1633)
Oreggi's Report on the Dialogue (17 April 1633)
Inchofer's Report on the Dialogue (17 April 1633)
Pasqualigo's Report on the Dialogue
(17 April 1633)
Commissary General to Cardinal Barberini
(28 April 1633)
Galileo's Second Deposition (30 April1633)
Galileo's Third Deposition (10 May 1633)
Galileo's Defense (10 May 1633)
Final Report to the Pope (May or June 1633)
Galileo's Fourth Deposition (21 June 1633)
Sentence (22 June 1633)
Galileo's Abjuration (22 June 1633)

Chronology of Events
Concordance to the Documents
Biographical Glossary

Selected Bibliography

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