Book ID: CBB515798894

Hermes and the Telescope: In the Crucible of Galileo's Life-World (2016)


Palmieri, Paolo (Author)

Peter Lang

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 260 pages
Language: English

This book explores the life of Galileo Galilei through a philosophical and scientific lens, utilizing an innovative hermeneutic perspective that places his work in the wider context of early modern hermeticism, religious heresy, and libertinism. As the first comprehensive study of Galileo’s life and work from a phenomenological and existentialist viewpoint, Paolo Palmieri calls into question the positivist myth of Galileo, the founder of modern science, and interrogates the positivist historiography that has shaped the myth since the historic publication of the monumental edition of Galileo’s works at the turn of the twentieth century. The book highlights the entanglement of Galileo’s natural philosophy with his private unorthodox convictions about Christian theology, Biblical hermeneutic, sexuality, and the hidden traditions of Italian heretics and libertines. The text demonstrates the philosophical, pedagogical, and political implications of this new reading of one of the founding fathers of modernity for both the sciences and the humanities. Addressing hotly debated questions of ethnicity, racism, subjectivity, the self, and pedagogy, this study will be of particular interest to scholars who teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in history of science, philosophy of science, phenomenology and existential philosophy, cultural studies, Italian studies, humanism, and the European Renaissance.

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Review Eileen Reeves (2018) Review of "Hermes and the Telescope: In the Crucible of Galileo's Life-World". Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science (pp. 10-18). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Strano, Giorgio
Giudice, Franco
Camerota, Michele
Bucciantini, Massimo
De Lucca, Jean-Paul
Laura Sanguineti White
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Edizioni di Pagina
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Yale University Press
Science History Publications
Leo S. Olschki
Science and religion
Instruments, astronomical
Natural philosophy
Galilei, Galileo
Steno, Nicolaus
Gallaccini, Teofilo
Della Porta, Giovan Battista
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Campanella, Tommaso
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Venice (Italy)

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