Galileo and Platonistic Methodology

Journal of the History of Ideas 31 (4):501 (1970)
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This paper is a critical examination the claim that Galileo was a Platonist. It contends that neither his use of mathematics (as Koyre asserts), nor his hypothetic-deductive method of testing (as Cassirer maintains), nor a realistic interpretation of this abstract theories (as Crombie argues) offers reasonable and consistent evidence that Galileo shared or advocated the metaphysics or methods of Plato.



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T. R. Girill
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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