The Pursuit Of Harmony: Kepler On Cosmos, Confession, And Community by Aviva RothmanThe Pursuit Of Harmony: Kepler On Cosmos, Confession, And Community by Aviva Rothman

The Pursuit Of Harmony: Kepler On Cosmos, Confession, And Community

byAviva Rothman

Hardcover | November 3, 2017

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A committed Lutheran excommunicated from his own church, a friend to Catholics and Calvinists alike, a layman who called himself a “priest of God,” a Copernican in a world where Ptolemy still reigned, a man who argued at the same time for the superiority of one truth and the need for many truths to coexist—German astronomer Johannes Kepler was, to say the least, a complicated figure. With The Pursuit of Harmony, Aviva Rothman offers a new view of him and his achievements, one that presents them as a story of Kepler’s attempts to bring different, even opposing ideas and circumstances into harmony.
Harmony, Rothman shows, was both the intellectual bedrock for and the primary goal of Kepler’s disparate endeavors. But it was also an elusive goal amid the deteriorating conditions of his world, as the political order crumbled and religious war raged. In the face of that devastation, Kepler’s hopes for his theories changed: whereas he had originally looked for a unifying approach to truth, he began instead to emphasize harmony as the peaceful coexistence of different views, one that could be fueled by the fundamentally nonpartisan discipline of mathematics. 
Aviva Rothman is collegiate assistant professor in the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago.
Title:The Pursuit Of Harmony: Kepler On Cosmos, Confession, And CommunityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:November 3, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

On Kepler’s Works and Translations
Introduction: Kepler and the Harmonic Ideal
1 “The Study of Divine Things”: Kepler as Astronomer-Priest
2 “Matters of Conscience”: Kepler and the Lutheran Church
3 “Of God and His Community”: Kepler and the Catholic Church
4 “An Ally in the Search for Truth”: Kepler and Galileo
5 “Political Digression(s)”: Kepler and the Harmony of the State
6 “The Christian Resolution of the Calendar”: Kepler as Impartial Mathematician
Conclusion: Perspective, Perception, and Pluralism

Editorial Reviews

"This is a splendid piece of work: a highly original, important, scholarly, persuasive and engaging investigation of the astronomer Johannes Kepler's lifelong pursuit of harmony in a time of conflict."