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Kenelm Digby’s Two Treatises and the Reception of the Galilean Science of Motion (2020)


The reception of and reaction to Galileo’s science of motion stimulated by the Minim friar, Marin Mersenne, in the early 1640s has been the subject of some discussion in recent years. Largely absent from that discussion have been the several English philosophers associated with Mersenne at that time: Thomas Hobbes, Thomas White, and Sir Kenelm Digby. This article examines the reception of Galileo’s science of motion in Digby’s major work, the Two Treatises, published at Paris in 1644. The article demonstrates Digby’s engagement with the critical response to Galileo’s thinking about motion in the work of his friend, Thomas White. It also shows, through examination of the holograph manuscript of the Two Treatises, the late revisions Digby made to the work after his arrival in Paris and his encounter with the Galilean experiments of Mersenne.

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Authors & Contributors
Settle, Thomas B.
Guerrini, Luigi
Palmerino, Carla Rita
Graney, Christopher M.
Schemmel, Matthias
Baldin, Gregorio
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Physics in Perspective
Edizioni di Pagina
Motion (physical)
Galilei, Galileo
Kepler, Johannes
Riccioli, Giovanni Battista
Harriot, Thomas
Hobbes, Thomas
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
Pisa (Italy)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Royal Society of London

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