Defending Copernicus and Galileo: Critical Reasoning in the by Maurice A. Finocchiaro

By Maurice A. Finocchiaro

Although contemporary works on Galileo’s trial have reached new heights of erudition, documentation, and class, they generally show inflated complexities, overlook four hundred years of historiography, or make little attempt to benefit from Galileo. This e-book strives to prevent such lacunae by means of judiciously evaluating and contrasting the 2 Galileo affairs, that's, the unique controversy over the earth’s movement finishing together with his condemnation by way of the Inquisition in 1633, and the following controversy over the rightness of that condemnation carrying on with to our day. The booklet argues that the Copernican Revolution required that the speculation of the earth’s movement be not just constructively supported with new purposes and facts, but additionally seriously defended from various previous and new objections. This protection in flip required not just the damaging refutation, but additionally the appreciative realizing of these objections in all their power. a huge Galilean accomplishment used to be to tricky this sort of reasoned, serious, and fair-minded safety of Copernicanism. Galileo’s trial might be interpreted as a sequence of ecclesiastic makes an attempt to forestall him from so protecting Copernicus. And a necessary thread of the next controversy has been the emergence of many arguments claiming that his condemnation used to be correct, in addition to defenses of Galileo from such criticisms. The book’s specific but overarching thesis is that this present day the correct protection of Galileo can and will have the reasoned, serious, and fair-minded personality which his personal safeguard of Copernicus had.

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