The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order

The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order

Robert S. Westman


In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his speculation that the earth is a planet and the sunlight a physique resting close to the guts of a finite universe. yet why did Copernicus make this daring suggestion? And why did it subject? The Copernican Question reframes this pivotal second within the historical past of technological know-how, centering the tale on a clash over the credibility of astrology that erupted in Italy simply as Copernicus arrived in 1496. Copernicus engendered huge, immense resistance while he sought to guard astrology by way of reconstituting its astronomical foundations. Robert S. Westman exhibits that efforts to respond to the astrological skeptics turned a very important unifying subject of the early glossy medical move. His interpretation of this "long 16th century," from the 1490s to the 1610s, deals a brand new framework for realizing the good variations in traditional philosophy within the century that followed.

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