Prelude to Galileo: Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo's Thought by W. A. WallacePrelude to Galileo: Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo's Thought by W. A. Wallace

Prelude to Galileo: Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo's Thought

byW. A. Wallace

Hardcover | March 31, 1981

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Can it be true that Galilean studies will be without end, without conclusion, that each interpreter will find his own Galileo? William A. Wallace seems to have a historical grasp which will have to be matched by any further workers: he sees directly into Galileo's primary epoch of intellectual formation, the sixteenth century. In this volume, Wallace provides the companion to his splendid annotated translation of Galileo 's Early Notebooks: The Physical Questions (University of Notre Dame Press, 1977), pointing to the 'realist' sources, mainly unearthed by the author himself during the past two decades. Explicit controversy arises, for the issues are serious: nominalism and realism, two early rivals for the foundation of knowledge, contend at the birth of modem science, OI better yet, contend in our modem efforts to understand that birth. Related to this, continuity and discontinuity, so opposed to each other, are interwoven in the interpretive writings ever since those striking works of Duhem in the first years of this century, and the later studies of Annaliese Maier, Alexandre Koyre and E. A. Moody. Historio­ grapher as well as philosopher, WaUace has critically supported the continuity of scientific development without abandoning the revolutionary transforma­ tive achievement of Galileo's labors. That continuity had its contemporary as well as developmental quality; and we note that William Wallace's Prelude studies are complementary to Maurice A.
Title:Prelude to Galileo: Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo's ThoughtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pagesPublished:March 31, 1981Publisher:Springer Netherlands

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Table of Contents

I: Medieval Prologue.- 1. The Philosophical Setting of Medieval Science.- 2. The Medieval Accomplishment in Mechanics and Optics.- II: The Sixteenth-Century Achievement.- 3. The Development of Mechanics to the Sixteenth Century.- 4. The Concept of Motion in the Sixteenth Century.- 5. The Calculatores in the Sixteenth Century.- 6. The Enigma of Domingo de Soto.- 7. Causes and Forces at the Collegio Romano.- III: Galileo in the Sixteenth-Century Context.- 8. Galileo and Reasoning Ex suppositione.- 9. Galileo and the Thomists.- 10. Galileo and the Doctores Parisienses.- 11. Galileo and the Scotists.- 12. Galileo and Albertus Magnus.- 13. Galileo and the Causality of Nature.- IV: From Medieval to Early Modern Science.- 14. Pierre Duhem: Galileo and the Science of Motion.- 15. Anneliese Maier: Galileo and Theories of Impetus.- 16. Ernest Moody: Galileo and Nominalism.- Index of Names.