The philosophical background of Galileo’s ‘Letter to Christina of Lorraine’

19 Apr 2010
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

470 Stephens Hall

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Dr. Alfredo Damanti
University of Bologna

Galileo’s ‘Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Lorraine’ is a fundamental piece in the history of the ideas for the modern Western tradition. It has repeatedly been analyzed by many scholars, who have discussed above all the argument regarding the relationship between science and theology. The paper will focus on the history of the philosophical ideas underlying the argument of the ‘Letter’, showing Galileo’s indebtedness to a commentary tradition tied to Aristotle’s ‘On the soul’. The final section will explore the frontispiece of Galileo’s ‘Assayer’, suggesting that it is an iconographic translation of the ‘Letter to Christina’.

This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  Office for the History of Science and Technology

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