Chapter 1. Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality

  1. Friedel Weinert

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304930.ch1

Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science

Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science

How to Cite

Weinert, F. (2008) Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality, in Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304930.ch1

Author Information

  1. University of Bradford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181846

Online ISBN: 9781444304930

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Keywords:

  • Nicolaus Copernicus - the loss of centrality;
  • Brecht's play two worldviews colliding - transition from geocentrism to heliocentrism;
  • Aristotle's cosmology - construction of a two-sphere universe;
  • Aristotle's physical cosmology and his theory of motion - forming a logical link;
  • Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud - revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science;
  • impetus theory of motion in fourteenth century – as alternative to Aristotelian theory of motion;
  • Heliocentric Worldview - explanation of the seasons;
  • Copernicus was not a Scientific Revolutionary - The Copernican method;
  • Newtonian synthesis;
  • The Anthropic Principle - A Reversal of the Copernican Turn?

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ptolemy and Copernicus

  • A Clash of Two Worldviews

  • The Heliocentric Worldview

  • Copernicus was not a Scientific Revolutionary

  • The Transition to Newton

  • Some Philosophical Lessons

  • Copernicus and Scientific Revolutions

  • The Anthropic Principle: A Reversal of the Copernican Turn?

  • Reading List

  • Essay Questions