Controversies Within the Scientific Revolution

| Tel Aviv University
| The University of Sydney
ISBN 9789027218957 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027282545 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
From the beginning of the Scientific Revolution around the late sixteenth century to its final crystallization in the early eighteenth century, hardly an observational result, an experimental technique, a theory, a mathematical proof, a methodological principle, or the award of recognition and reputation remained unquestioned for long. The essays collected in this book examine the rich texture of debates that comprised the Scientific Revolution from which the modern conception of science emerged. Were controversies marginal episodes, restricted to certain fields, or were they the rule in the majority of scientific domains? To what extent did scientific controversies share a typical pattern, which distinguished them from debates in other fields? Answers to these historical and philosophical questions are sought through a close attention to specific controversies within and across the changing scientific disciplines as well as across the borders of the natural and the human sciences, philosophy, theology, and technology.
[Controversies, 11]  2011.  vi, 287 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction. Controversies and the dialectical texture of the Scientific Revolution
Part I. Astronomy and mechanics
Honoré Fabri S. J. and Galileo’s law of fall: What kind of controversy?
Michael Elazar and Rivka Feldhay
Galileo, the Jesuits, and the controversy over the comets: What was The Assayer really about?
Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris
Fair-mindedness versus sophistry in the Galileo affair: Two controversies for the price of one
Maurice Finocchiaro
Part II. Light and gravity
From cohesion to pesanteur: The origins of the 1669 debate on the causes of gravity
Victor D. Boantza
Leibniz versus Newton on the nature of gravity and planetary motion
Nir Grannot
The argumentative use of methodology: Lessons from a controversy following Newton’s first optical paper
Gábor Zemplén
Part III. Physiology and vitalism
Salient theories in the fossil debate in the early Royal Society: The influence of Johann Van Helmont
Anna Marie Roos
Were the arguments of William Harvey convincing to his contemporaries?
Adelino Cattani
Why was there no controversy over life in the Scientific Revolution?
Charles T. Wolfe
Part IV. Human sciences and theology
The pre-Adamite controversy and the problem of racial difference in seventeenth-century natural philosophy
Justin E.H. Smith
Scientific revolution in the moral sciences: The controversy between Samuel Pufendorf and the Lutheran theologians in the late seventeenth century
Merio Scattola
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