Galileo Galilei  

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"E pur si muove!"


"One of the chief intellectual origins of what I have yet to prove to be the Cartesian category mistake seems to be this. When Galileo showed that his methods of scientific discovery were competent to provide a mechanical theory which should cover every occupant of space, Descartes found in himself two conflicting motives {world views}. As a man of scientific genius he could not but endorse the claims of mechanics, yet as a religious and moral man he could not accept, as Hobbes accepted, the discouraging rider to those claims, namely that human nature differs only in degree of complexity from clockwork. The mental could not be just a variety of the mechanical."--The Concept of Mind (1949) by Gilbert Ryle

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Galileo Galilei (15 February 15648 January 1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher; and a countercultural icon closely associated with the scientific revolution. Galileo's experiment-based work is a significant break from the abstract approach of Aristotle.

Summary of Galileo's published written works

Galileo's main written works are as follows:

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