Crombie’s Galileo’s Natural Philosophy: Disputation vs. Demonstration vs. Argumentation
Science, Method, and Argument in Galileo
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In the context of a critical examination of Alistair C. Crombie’s unpublished typescript Galileo’s Natural Philosophy, I explore several themes that are intrinsically important and widely present in Galileo’s scientific practice and methodological reflections. Crombie’s typescript is impressive for its erudition. Moreover, it is valuable for drawing attention to several documents that suggest some promising research projects. However, the typescript displays mostly what must be regarded as ill-digested syncretism. More importantly, its key interpretation of Galileo’s scientific methodology is deeply flawed for failing to understand and appreciate several Galilean distinctions: critical vs. a-critical disputation, necessary vs. contingent truth, mathematics vs. physics, and necessary demonstration vs. sense experience.
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642; Philosophy of nature; Logic; Reasoning
Philosophy of Science
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Finocchiaro, M. A.
Crombie’s Galileo’s Natural Philosophy: Disputation vs. Demonstration vs. Argumentation.
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