Kepler's Tubingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics

Kepler's Tubingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics

by Charlotte Methuen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859283977

ISBN-13: 9781859283974

Pub. Date: 06/01/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Using previously unstudied sources, this interdisciplinary study considers theology and the beginnings of modern science at the University of Tübingen in the time of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). The author casts light upon the origins of modern scientific method by examining the relationship between theology, astronomy and dialectics at the university in the

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Using previously unstudied sources, this interdisciplinary study considers theology and the beginnings of modern science at the University of Tübingen in the time of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). The author casts light upon the origins of modern scientific method by examining the relationship between theology, astronomy and dialectics at the university in the work of Kepler's teachers. Studies of Kepler generally treat him as a precursor of the modern scientist; the influences upon him are identified as Platonist or Pythagorean and his theological interests have often been ignored, or considered as a mystical aberration, unworthy of in-depth treatment. There has been no serious attempt to place Kepler's work in the wider tradition of mainstream 16th-century thought. This study portrays and analyses the influences and ideas which permeated the life of the university in Tübingen in the second half of the 16th century and places them in relationship to the theology of Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon. It pays particular attention to the use of theological concepts, astronomical observations, logical demonstrations and the categories of physics, and to the interplay between them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859283974
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Series:
St Andrews Studies in Reformation History Series
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Setting the scene: theology and science, history and the Reformation; The University of Tübingen and the educational system in Württemberg; Mathematics and astronomy in the theology of Philip Melanchthon; The theological understanding of the natural world; Astronomy, physics and the authority of observation; ‘Sacerdos libri naturae': Kepler's call to astronomy; Appendix I: Holders of university posts at Tübingen, 1550-1600; Appendix II: Maps; Bibliography; Index.

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