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

Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof

The Background, Content, and Use of His Appropriated Treatises on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1992
ISBN: 9780792315773
Number Of Pages: 333

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The problem of Galileo's logical methodology has long interested scholars. In this volume William A. Wallace offers a solution that is completely unexpected, yet backed by convincing documentary evidence. His analysis starts with an early notebook Galileo wrote at Pisa, appropriating a Jesuit professor's exposition of the Posterior Analystics of Aristotle, and ends with one of the last letters Galileo wrote, stating that in logic he has been a Peripatetic all his life. Wallace's detective work unearths the complete logic course from which the notebook was excerpted, then proceeds to show how its terminology and methodology continue to surface in Galileo's later writings in which he founds his new sciences of the heavens and of local motion. The result is a tour de force that commends itself not only to Galileo's scholars and to logicians, philosophers, and historians, but to anyone interested in the epistemic roots of modern science.

List of Schematic Analyses of Galileo's Arguments
Galileo's Logical Methodology
Method, Logic, and Sciencep. 1
Assessments of Galileo's Methodologyp. 4
Method in the Greek and Latin Traditionsp. 12
The Setting for Galileo's Methodological Terminologyp. 17
Logica Docens and Logica Utensp. 21
Notesp. 26
Logica Docens
The Understanding of Logic Implicit in MS 27
How Individuals Come to Know Thingsp. 37
The Operations of the Intellectp. 44
The Term Intention and Its Various Kindsp. 49
The Nature of Logicp. 56
Instruments of Scientific Knowingp. 62
Method and Orderp. 66
Resolutive Method in Aristotelian Logicp. 69
Inventive vs. Judicative Sciencep. 77
Notesp. 80
Science and Opinion as Understood in MS 27
The Possibility, Origin, and Causes of Sciencep. 85
The Nature and Attributes of Sciencep. 91
Classification of the Sciencesp. 97
Mathematical Sciencesp. 105
Opinion as Related to Sciencep. 114
The Probable Syllogism and the Topicsp. 120
Topics Related to Scientific Argumentp. 123
Rhetoric and Dialecticsp. 128
Notesp. 130
Demonstration and Its Requirements in MS 27
Foreknowledge in Generalp. 135
Principles and Suppositions in Demonstrationp. 139
Subjects and Properties in Demonstrationp. 150
The Nature and Kinds of Demonstrationp. 156
Causes and Effectsp. 163
Inductionp. 165
The Premises of a Demonstrationp. 171
Necessary, Essential, and Universal Predicationp. 177
The Demonstrative Regressp. 181
Notesp. 188
Logica Utens
Galileo's Search for a New Science of the Heavens
A Demonstrative Paradigmp. 194
Discoveries with the Telescopep. 197
The Sunspot Argumentsp. 207
Tides, Comets, and Earth's Centralityp. 211
Uniting the Heavens and the Earth in One Sciencep. 218
The Reality of the Earth's Motionp. 226
Notesp. 234
Galileo's New Sciences of Mechanics and Local Motion
Archimedean Beginningsp. 239
The Early Treatises on Motionp. 241
The Early Treatises on Mechanicsp. 257
Experimentation at Paduap. 263
Acceleration in Falling Motionp. 268
Hydrostatics: The Discourse on Bodies on or in Waterp. 273
Mechanics Revisited: The Strength of Materialsp. 278
The New Science of Motionp. 284
Notesp. 296
Epiloguep. 299
Bibliographyp. 304
Concordance of English and Latin Editionsp. 313
Index of Termsp. 314
Index of Namesp. 321
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ISBN: 9780792315773
ISBN-10: 0792315774
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 333
Published: 30th June 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.7