Of the Plurality of Worlds: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1853; Plus Previously Unpublished Material Excised by the Author Just Before the Book Went to Press; and Whewell's Dialogue Rebutting His Critics, Reprinted from the Second Edition

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University of Chicago Press, 2001 M09 15 - 510 páginas
Is there intelligent life on other worlds? William Whewell, one of the most influential British intellectuals of the nineteenth century, weighed in on this question with Of the Plurality of Worlds. Writing anonymously, Whewell argued that there was no life anywhere else in the universe. Admitting such a possibility, he feared, would threaten humanity's special relationship with God, and open the door to supporters of evolution.

The publication of Plurality in 1853 ignited a bitter Victorian debate on science and religion. This book reprints the first edition in facsimile, together with a vigorous response to his critics that Whewell added later and new introductory and bibliographic material by noted Darwin scholar Michael Ruse. This edition also includes 84 typeset pages—never before published—that Whewell cut from the original book at the last moment. Showing clearly the theological underpinnings of Whewell's thinking, these chapters also reveal the difficulties facing any Victorian who tried to reconcile traditional Christian thought with the findings of modern science.

 

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William Whewell was a mid-Victorian scientist-- arguably the Victorian scientist, as he's the one who coined the word in 1833, though it didn't catch on for several decades. Of the Plurality of Worlds ... Leer comentario completo

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CHAPTEB PAGE I Astronomical Discoveries
1
Astronomical Objection to Religion
16
The Answer from the Microscope
23
Further Statement of the Difficulty
30
Geology
52
The Argument from Geology
77
The Nebula
113
The Fixed Stars
140
The Planets
167
Theory of the Solar System
195
The Argument from Design
210
The Unity of the World
248
The Future
265
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William Whewell (1794-1866) was a professor of mineralogy (1828-1832) and moral philosophy (1838-1855) at the University of Cambridge. For twenty-five years he was the Master of Trinity College at Cambridge. Whewell was the author of many books, including History of the Inductive Sciences and Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences.

Michael Ruse is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? and The Darwinian Revolution, Second Edition, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

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