Behind the Scenes at Galileo's Trial: Including the First English Translation of Melchio Inchofer's Tractatus syllepticus

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Blackwell's new contribution to "the Galileo affair" concerns the official theological position against Galileo. The centerpiece of his project is the treatise entitled Tractatus syllepticus, written by Melchior Inchofer, S.J., whose judgment of the orthodoxy of Galileo's Dialogue had been requested earlier by the Holy Office and was then incorporated into the proceedings of the trial. At the time, Inchofer's judgment against Galileo's book was both detailed and harsh. That judgment formed the basis for ...
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Blackwell's new contribution to "the Galileo affair" concerns the official theological position against Galileo. The centerpiece of his project is the treatise entitled Tractatus syllepticus, written by Melchior Inchofer, S.J., whose judgment of the orthodoxy of Galileo's Dialogue had been requested earlier by the Holy Office and was then incorporated into the proceedings of the trial. At the time, Inchofer's judgment against Galileo's book was both detailed and harsh. That judgment formed the basis for Inchofer's subsequent Tractatus, the first English translation of which is included in this volume. Inchofer's text provides a new and fascinating way of looking at the defense of the guilty verdict. Blackwell's analysis of this material greatly enriches our knowledge of Galileo and his trial.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780268022013
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Ch. 1 The legal case of Galileo's trial : impasse and perfidy 1
Ch. 2 Melchior Inchofer's role in the Galileo affair 29
Ch. 3 The scriptural case against Copernicanism in 1633 45
Ch. 4 Christopher Scheiner's dilemma : between Galileo and the church 65
Ch. 5 Fallibilism and religion 93
App. 1 Melchior Inchofer, Tractatus syllepticus (1633) 105
App. 2 Jesuit rules on theology and philosophy 207
App. 3 Christopher Scheiner's Prodromus pro sole mobile, (1633; pub. 1651), book 1, chapter 1 219
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