Galileo: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Stillman Drake

By Stillman Drake

In a startling reinterpretation of Galileo's trial, Stillman Drake advances the speculation that Galileo's prosecution and condemnation through the Inquisition was once prompted no longer via his defiance of the Church yet by way of the hostility of up to date philosophers.

Galileo's personal fantastically lucid arguments are utilized in this quantity to teach how his medical process used to be completely divorced from the Aristotelian method of physics; it was once in keeping with a seek no longer for explanations yet for legislation. Galileo's tools had an overpowering importance for the improvement of recent physics, they usually ended in a last parting of the methods among technological know-how and philosophy. Now, during this striking and concise advent, Drake offers a stimulating view of Galileo's existence and works, delivering a clean standpoint on Galileo's method and his ultimate incrimination.

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1. 2. 185a10. 30. Ibid. 31. , 8. 3. 253a30. 32. , 8. 3. 254a35. 33. , 8. 1. 251a10-251b5, 251b25-252a1. 34. , 8. 1. 251b10-25. 35. , 4. 2. 219b1. 36. Aristotle, Metaphysica e. 3. 1046b30. 37. , e. 8. 1049b20-25. 38. Aristotle, Physica 3. 1. 201a25. 39. , 8. 5. 256a5-20. 40. , 8. 5. 256a5. Michael J. Buckley comments, The series in question here is not the ... causal chain of antecedents in time. It is the series of causes, essential ~nd particular, actually at work to effect this particular movement.

8. 5. 257b10-257b25. 48. , 8. 5. 257b25-258a1. 49. , 8. 5. 258a1. 50. , 8. 5. 258b1-5. 51. , 8. 6. 258b 10. 52. , 8. 6. 258b25. 53. , 8. 6. 258b30-259a5. 54. , 8. 6. 259a10-15. 55. , 8. 6. 259a10-15. 56. Cf. , 5. 3. 227a5-1 0.

That must be caused. ·so the fact that some things become and others and that this is so continuously, cannot be caused by any one of those they are . ' 52 Nor can the .. ,r.... •i·u continuity of motion be caused by all of For an eternal and continuous effect demands an eternal and continuous cause, but the members of the series are not such. This means there must be sornethn1Lg outside the series that is the ultimate cause of motion: there may be countless instances of the that are unmoved but motion, and though many that move themselves* perish and are succeeded others that come into being, and that is unmoved moves one while another moves nevertheless there is something that comprehends them and that as something apart from each of and this it is that is the cause of the fact that some things are and others are not and of the continuous process of change: and this causes the motion of the other movents, while are the causes of the motion of other things.

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