Plurality of Worlds: The Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant

Plurality of Worlds: The Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant

by Steven J. Dick
     
 
This is a fascinating history of the debate over the question of extraterrestrial life from Classical Greece to the mid-eighteenth century. Using many primary and secondary sources, this book analyses why such great thinkers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Ockham, Galileo, Kepler, Huygens, and Kant thought the debate over the plurality of worlds a subject for serious

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This is a fascinating history of the debate over the question of extraterrestrial life from Classical Greece to the mid-eighteenth century. Using many primary and secondary sources, this book analyses why such great thinkers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Ockham, Galileo, Kepler, Huygens, and Kant thought the debate over the plurality of worlds a subject for serious discussion. The author shows how conflicting arguments from science, philosophy, and theology gradually converged to the same opinion - that intelligent life must fill the universe.

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'Dick has performed a valuable service in compiling such an extensive survey of the historical development of the many worlds concept. An historical perspective on the subject provides a fascinating and important context for more modern advances.' New Scientist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521319850
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/29/1984
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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