Copernicus and the Aristotelian Tradition: Education, Reading, and Philosophy in Copernicus's Path to Heliocentrism

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 545 pages
Taking into account the most important results of the scholarly literature since 1973 and the best Polish scholarship of the past century, this is the first comprehensive study of Copernicus's achievement in English that examines Copernicus's path to heliocentrism from the perspective of late medieval philosophy, the Renaissance recovery of ancient literature and science, and early-modern editions of books that Copernicus used. The principal goals are to explain his commitment to the existence of celestial spheres, and the logical foundations for his views about hypotheses. In doing so, the work elucidates the logical and philosophical background that contributed to his accomplishments, and explains the limitations of his achievement. "Medieval and Early Modern Science," 12
 

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Contents

Chapter One Poland Toruń and Cracow in the Fifteenth
5
Chapter Two Masters and Students in the 1490s
35
Chapter Three The Teaching of Logic
51
Chapter Four Natural Philosophy
89
Chapter Five Humanism and Astronomy
137
Copernicuss Teachers at Cracow
159
Albert of Brudzewos Commentariolum
162
COPERNICUSS EDUCATION IN ITALY 14961503
169
Plutarch PseudoPlutarch Aëtius and Giorgio Valla
229
Plinys Natural History and other Ancient Authorities
237
Achillini
238
Commentariolus
243
PART III
250
COPERNICUS AS PHILOSOPHER
273
Chapter Eight Copernicus as Logician
275
The Sources of Dialectical Topics 14901550
279

Chapter Six Copernicus in Italy
171
Copernicuss Education in Canon and Civil Law
173
Copernicus and Novara
187
Copernicuss Study of Greek
193
Copernicus in Rome
197
Copernicuss Study of Medicine at Padua
198
Copernicuss Degree from Ferrara
203
Chapter Seven Copernicuss Reading and Progress towards his First Heliocentric Theory
207
Regiomontanuss Epitome
215
Bessarions In calumniatorem Platonis
220
Ficinos Translation of Platos Works
225
MereologyLogic and Ontology
285
Logic in the Commentariolus
291
The Use of Topics in the Preface of De revolutionibus
292
The Rhetorical Framework of Book I
300
The Use of Topics in Book I
304
Chapter Nine Copernicus as Natural Philosopher
325
Chapter Ten Copernicus as Mathematical Cosmologist
361
Conclusion and Epilogue
387
Bibliography
495
Indices
525
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Andr Goddu, Ph.D. (1979) in History, University of California at Los Angeles, is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stonehill College. He has published a monograph and several articles on late medieval philosophy and early modern astronomy, including "The Physics of William of Ockham" (Brill, 1984).

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