The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Galileo, Human Knowledge, and the Book of Nature

Method Replaces Metaphysics

Authors: Pitt, Joseph C.

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Galileo is revered as one of the founders of modern science primarily because of such discoveries as the law of falling bodies and the moons of Jupiter. In addition to his scientific achievements, Professor Pitt argues that Galileo deserves increased attention for his contributions to the methodology of the new science and that his method retains its value even today.
In a detailed analysis of Galileo's mature works, Pitt reconstructs crucial features of Galileo's epistemology. He shows how Galileo's methodological insights grow out of an appreciation of the limits of human knowledge and he brings fresh insight to our concept of Galileo's methodology and its implications for contemporary debates. Working from Galileo's insistence on the contrast between the number of things that can be known and the limited abilities of human knowers, Pitt shows how Galileo's common sense approach to rationality permits the development of a robust scientific method. At the same time, Pitt argues that we should correct our picture of Galileo, the culture hero. Instead of seeing him as a martyr to the cause of truth, Galileo is best understood as a man of his times who was responding to a variety of social pressures during a period of intellectual and political turmoil.
This book will be of interest to philosophers and to historians and sociologists of science as well as to a general readership interested in the scientific revolution.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Galileo, Human Knowledge, and the Book of Nature
Book Subtitle
Method Replaces Metaphysics
Authors
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
50
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-2620-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-2620-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5158-3
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 201
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