Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof: The Background, Content, and Use of His Appropriated Treatises on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics by W. A. WallaceGalileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof: The Background, Content, and Use of His Appropriated Treatises on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics by W. A. Wallace

Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof: The Background, Content, and Use of His Appropriated…

byW. A. Wallace

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The problem of Galileo's logical methodology has long interested scholars. In this volume William A. Wallace offers a solution that is completely unexpected, yet backed by convincing documentary evidence. His analysis starts with an early notebook Galileo wrote at Pisa, appropriating a Jesuit professor's exposition of the Posterior Analystics of Aristotle, and ends with one of the last letters Galileo wrote, stating that in logic he has been a Peripatetic all his life. Wallace's detective work unearths the complete logic course from which the notebook was excerpted, then proceeds to show how its terminology and methodology continue to surface in Galileo's later writings in which he founds his new sciences of the heavens and of local motion. The result is a tour de force that commends itself not only to Galileo's scholars and to logicians, philosophers, and historians, but to anyone interested in the epistemic roots of modern science.
Title:Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof: The Background, Content, and Use of His Appropriated…Format:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublished:December 12, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. Abbreviations. 1. Galileo's Logical Methodology. Logica docens: 2. The Understanding of Logic Implicit in MS 27. 3. Science and Opinion as Understood in MS 27. 4. Demonstration and Its Requirements in MS 27. Logica utens. 5. Galileo's Search for a New Science of the Heavens. 6. Galileo's New Sciences of Mechanics and Local Motion. Epilogue. Bibliography. Index of Terms. Index of Names. List of Tables. List of Figures. Schematic Analysis of Galileo's Arguments.