Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof

Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof : The Background, Content, and Use of His Appropriated Treatises on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics

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This volume is presented as a companion study to my translation of Galileo's MS 27, Galileo's Logical Treatises, which contains Galileo's appropriated questions on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics - a work only recently transcribed from the Latin autograph. Its purpose is to acquaint an English-reading audience with the teaching in those treatises. This is basically a sixteenth-century logic of discovery and of proof about which little is known in the present day, yet one that arguably guided the most significant research program of the seventeenth century. Despite its historical and systematic importance, the teaching is difficult to explain to the modern reader. Part of the problem stems from the fragmentary nature of the manuscript in which it is preserved, part from the contents of the teaching itself, which requires a considerable propadeutic for its comprehension. A word of explanation is thus required to set out the structure of the volume and to detail the editorial decisions that underlie its organization. Two major manuscript studies have advanced the cause of scholarship on Galileo within the past two decades. The first relates to Galileo's experimental activity at Padua prior to his discoveries with the telescope that led to the publication of his Sidereus nuncius in 1610. Much of this activity has been uncovered by Stillman Drake in analyses of manuscript fragments associated with the composition of Galileo's Two New Sciences, fragments now bound in a codex identified as MS 72 in the collection of Galileiana at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence.
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  • Hardback | 333 pages
  • 152 x 223 x 23.88mm | 1,540g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • XXIII, 333 p.
  • 0792315774
  • 9780792315773

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.
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