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Regressus and Empiricism in the Controversy about Galileo's Lunar Observations (2018)


This paper defends a version of J. H. Randall's thesis that modern empiricism is rooted in the Scholastic regressus method epitomized by Jacopo Zabarella in De Regressu (1578). Randall's critics note that the empirical practice of Galileo and his contemporaries does not follow Zabarella. However, Zabarella's account of the regressus is imprecise, which permitted an interpretation introducing empirical hypothesis testing into the framework. The discourse surrounding Galileo's lunar observations in Sidereus Nuncius (1610) suggests that both Galileo and his interlocutors amended the regressus method in this way, such that a developmental narrative links Scholastic logic to Galilean science.

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Authors & Contributors
Reeves, Eileen A.
Van Helden, Albert
Kuz'min, A. V.
Graney, Christopher M.
Gingerich, Owen
Barbieri, Cesare
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Physics in Perspective
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Cambridge University Press
Peter Lang
Didymos Verlag
Yale University Press
Lateran University Press
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Galilei, Galileo
Brahe, Tycho
Clavius, Christopher
Grienberger, Christoph
Scheiner, Christoph
Zabarella, Jacopo
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
Early modern
19th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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