The Harmony of the Sphere

The Harmony of the Sphere

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The contributors to The Harmony of the Sphere include professional historians of science, philosophers of science, and scientists, who offer different perspectives from which Kanta€™s and Herschela€™s systems can be approached. The title, The Harmony of the Sphere, is an evocative one. In it, the reader will hear an echo of Keplera€™s cosmological system. In fact, however, this title refers to the new model of the world defended by Kant and Herschel. This model dismissed the idea of a finite static cosmos, and introduced an evolutionary perspective. This volume represents a contribution to studies that integrate the history and philosophy of science. It presents, for the first time, a comparative study of Kant and Herschel in order to highlight the historical and philosophical underpinnings of their worldviews a€“ worldviews which would in turn have a crucial influence on the development of nineteenth- and twentieth-century astronomy and cosmology.Also, Kanta#39;s Prize Essay showed a preference for the analytic method rather than the a#39;eitherora#39; question. ... and in his Prize Essay, was to use and defend an unclear combination of conceptual analysis in a Cartesian sense and causal analysisanbsp;...

Title:The Harmony of the Sphere
Author:Silvia De Bianchi
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2013-08-19


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