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The genesis of the Copernican world

Author: Hans Blumenberg
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1987.
Series: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
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This major work by the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg is a monumental rethinking of the significance of the Copernican revolution for our understanding of modernity. It provides an important corrective to the view of science as an autonomous enterprise and presents a new account of the history of interpretations of the significance of the heavens for man.
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Genre/Form: History
Historia
Named Person: Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolas Copernic
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Blumenberg
ISBN: 0262022672 9780262022675
OCLC Number: 14932461
Notes: Translation of: Die Genesis der kopernikanischen Welt.
Description: xlviii, 772 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: The ambiguous meaning of the heavens --
Cosmos and tragedy --
The heavens as a cave --
At the end of the observer in repose --
The nonsimultaneity of the simultaneous --
The view of the heavens and self-consciousness --
Pure intuition as an anthropological utopia --
The heavens as charming landscape; photography and anthropomorphism --
Anachronism as a need founded in the life-world: realities and simulation Part II: The opening up of the possibility of a Copernicus --
The history of what led up to the event as conditioning the history of its effects --
Loosening of the systematic structure through exhaustion of what the system can accomplish --
Transformations of anthropocentrism --
Humanism's idealization of the center of the world --
The intolerability of forgoing truth in favor of technique --
A hypothetical account of the way Copernicus arrived at his theory Part III: A typology of Copernicus's early influence --
The theoretician as 'perpetrator' --
Consequences of an instance of well-meaning mis-guidance: Osiander --
The Reformation and Copernicanism --
Perplexities of Copernicus's sole student: Joachim Rheticus --
Not a martyr for Copernicanism: Giordano Bruno --
Experiences with the truth: Galileo Part IV: The heavens stand still and time goes on --
How the movement of the heavens was indispensable for the ancient concept of time --
How antiquity's concept of time did not fit in the Middle Ages --
The perfection of the earth as a new precondition for the old concept of time --
The deformation of the earth and absolute time Part V: The Copernican comparative --
Perspective as the guide for cosmological expansion --
The Copernican system as a prototypical supersystem --
A retrospect on Lambert's universe, form the twentieth century --
Competing proposals for the system of systems: Kant and Lambert --
What is "Copernican" in Kant's turning? Part VI: Vision in the Copernican world --
How horizons of visibility are conditioned by views of man --
The proclamation of the new stars, and one single person's reasons for believing it --
The lack of a 'paratheory' to explain resistance to the telescope --
Reflexive telescopics and geotropic astronautics.
Series Title: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Other Titles: Genesis der kopernikanischen Welt.
Responsibility: Hans Blumenberg ; translated by Robert M. Wallace.

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This major work by the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg is a monumental rethinking of the significance of the Copernican revolution for our understanding of modernity. It provides an important corrective to the view of science as an autonomous enterprise and presents a new account of the history of interpretations of the significance of the heavens for man.

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