Galileo as a ‘bad theologian’: a formative myth about Galileo’s trial

@article{Finocchiaro2002GalileoAA,
  title={Galileo as a ‘bad theologian’: a formative myth about Galileo’s trial},
  author={M. Finocchiaro},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={33},
  pages={753-791}
}
  • M. Finocchiaro
  • Published 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Abstract For 150 years after Galileo’s condemnation in 1633, there were many references to the trial, but no sustained, heated or polarized discussions. Then came the thesis that Galileo was condemned not for being a good astronomer but for being a bad theologian (using Scripture to support astronomical hypotheses); it began in 1784–1785 with an apology of the Inquisition by Mallet du Pan in the Mercure de France and the printing in Tiraboschi’s Storia della letteratura italiana of an… Expand
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