Kepler's Philosophy and the New Astronomy

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Contents
Figures and Tablesix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Abbreviations of Works Frequently Citedxiii
Introduction3
1.Kepler's Life and Times10
Select Biography10
Kepler's Astronomical Inheritance18
Kepler's Philosophical Inheritance32
2.The Mysterium cosmographicum and Kepler's Early Approach to Natural Philosophy39
The Content of the Mysterium cosmographicum39
Kepler's Cosmology48
Kepler's Approach to Natural Philosophy49
3.Kepler's Apologia: An Early Modern Treatise on Realism57
Extra-Astronomical Considerations58
The Nature of Astronomical Hypotheses60
The Testing of Astronomical Hypotheses63
Kepler's Improved Notion of Testability64
Concluding Remarks: The Archetypes67
4.Kepler's Archetypes and the Astronomia nova69
The Status of Hypotheses in Physical Astronomy70
The Replacement of the Mean by the True Sun71
The Vicarious Hypothesis76
The New Physics79
Kepler's Second Law84
Oval Orbits87
Physical and Geometrical Models ofLibration91
The Ellipse of Chapter 5995
Concluding Remarks: Archetypes in the Astronomia97
5.The Aristotelian Kepler99
The Aristotelian Challenge99
Physical Astronomy as a Mixed Discipline103

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations of Works Frequently Cited xiii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1: Kepler's Life and Times 10
  • 2: The Mysterium Cosmographicum and Kepler's Early Approach to Natural Philosophy 39
  • 3: Kepler's Apologia 57
  • 4: Kepler's Archetypes and the Astronomia Nova 69
  • 5: The Aristotelian Kepler 99
  • 6: Kepler and Ptolemy 112
  • 7: The Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae 142
  • Conclusion - The Fate of Kepler's Philosophical Thought 169
  • Notes 177
  • Bibliography 191
  • Index 199
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