Illustrations of Method in Ptolemaic Astronomy

Grazer Philosophische Studien 49 (1):63-75 (1994)

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Jan Von Plato
University of Helsinki
Abstract
Mathematical Astronomy as the most developed branch of ancient exact sciences has been widely discussed - especially epistemological issues e.g. concerning astronomy as a prime example of the distinction between instrumentalist and realist understanding of theories. In contrast to these the very methodology of ancient astronomy has received little attention. Following the work of Jaakko Hintikka and Unto Remes Aristarchus' method of determining the distance of the Sun is sketched and Ptolemy's solar model is discussed in detail
Keywords Analytic Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0165-9227
DOI 10.5840/gps1994/95495
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