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Copernicus: Platonist Astronomer-Philosopher

Cosmic Order, the Movement of the Earth, and the Scientific Revolution

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In 1543, Copernicus publicly defended geokinetic and heliocentric universe. This book examines why and how he became a Copernican and what his affirmation of heliocentrism means in the context of the Scientific Revolution. Close reading of Copernicus' texts and examination of his sociocultural context reveals his commitment to the Platonist program of True Astronomy, which is to discover the well-proportioned, harmonious universe, hidden beyond visible appearances, but accessible through mathematical reasoning. The principal goal of the work is to show that the hypothesis of Copernicus' Platonism brings unity and internal coherence to his project and provides historical background of his contributions to the Scientific Revolution.

Product code: 9783631642429

ISBN 9783631642429
Dimensions H210xW148
Edition New edition
Publisher Peter Lang AG
No. of pages 451
The book examines why and how Copernicus became a Copernican and what his affirmation of heliocentrism and geokinetism means in the context of the Scientific Revolution. In examining his texts and sociocultural context the work analyses the appearance of a revolutionary figure of Copernicus as a Platonist astronomer-philosopher.