Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and by Friedel Weinert

By Friedel Weinert

Utilizing Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism as examples of medical traditions, Copernicus, Darwin and Freud takes a philosophical examine those 3 revolutions in inspiration to demonstrate the connections among technology and philosophy.

  • Shows how those revolutions in idea bring about philosophical results
  • Provides prolonged case experiences of Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism
  • Integrates the background of technological know-how and the philosophy of technology like no different textual content
  • Covers either the philosophy of traditional and social technology in a single quantity

Chapter 1 Nicolaus Copernicus: The lack of Centrality (pages 3–92):
Chapter 2 Charles Darwin: The lack of Rational layout (pages 93–184):
Chapter three Sigmund Freud: The lack of Transparency (pages 185–270):

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But was the Copernican turn revolutionary? Many scholars have considered this question. Some will give Copernicus very little credit. ” [Neugebauer 1968, §10; Koestler 1964, Part III] The Copernican system has aesthetic advantages. [Kuhn 1959, 171–81] It also explains two gross planetary irregularities without resorting to major epicyles: retrograde motion and the varying times planets need to complete their orbits around the sun. [Kuhn 1959, 165–71] As we have seen, it also explains the seasons, although this explanation is aesthetically less pleasing than the Ptolemaic attempt.

9 A schematic view of the orbit of comet Hale–Bopp between Venus and Mars on its way through the solar system in June 1997. indd 34 7/31/2008 9:52:33 AM Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality 35 defeatism, which we find in the concluding part of Ptolemy’s Almagest. Our knowledge of celestial bodies is so limited that what is impossible according to our model – comets smashing through the spheres – may turn out to be possible in the heavens. [Ptolemy 1984, Bk. XIII, §2] Tycho Brahe proposed a compromise between the Copernican and Ptolemaic systems.

2 The explanation of the seasons For the sun is not inappropriately called by some people the lantern of the universe, its mind by others, and its ruler by still others. [Copernicus, De Revolutionibus (1543), Bk. I, Ch. 10, quoted in Rosen, Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution (1984), 132] Any human being is aware of the seasons. Any astronomical model must explain this most obvious of phenomena. But if the Earth sits stationary at the hub of the universe, with the sun orbiting it in a concentric circle, the gliding variations of the seasons cannot be explained.

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