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

By Friedel Weinert

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

  • Shows how those revolutions in notion bring about philosophical outcomes
  • Provides prolonged case stories of Copernicanism, Darwinism, and Freudianism
  • Integrates the heritage of technology and the philosophy of technological know-how like no different textual content
  • Covers either the philosophy of usual and social technological know-how 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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In fact, all the properties of the apparent movement of the sun through the stellar constellations – the ecliptic – remain constant, only the perspective of motion changes. This, as Copernicus argued, is altogether more economical. It is more rational for the motion of the Earth to produce the apparent rapid motion of the fixed stars than it is for the fixed stars to rotate rapidly once on their sphere in a 24-hour rhythm. Copernicus announces his change of perspective very early on in the book: Although there are so many authorities for saying that the Earth rests in the center of the world that people think the contrary supposition inopinable and even ridiculous; if however we consider the thing attentively, we will see that the question has not yet been decided and accordingly is by no means to be scorned.

The outer planets need longer for their annual journeys than the inner planets. But Copernicus’s solution is only partially successful because he still assumes uniform circular motion. Still, the two “appearances” can be explained without the use of major epicycles. The major irregularities of the planetary motions are only apparent. [Kuhn 1957, 149, 166–71; Zeilik 1988, 49] These appearances are produced by the orbital motion of the Earth. As the sun is stationary in the heliocentric 3 Strictly speaking, the sun is not the physical center of the Copernican system; it is placed near the center of the orbit of Earth.

II, §§2, 14] Nevertheless Copernicus’s observations do not establish any new facts. The Copernican observations do not go beyond the discoveries of the Greeks. They do not cast in doubt Greek presuppositions about circular 4 See for instance his discussion of the precessions of the solstices and equinoxes, Revolutions [1543], Bk. II, §14, Bk. III, §1. indd 24 7/31/2008 9:52:30 AM Nicolaus Copernicus: The Loss of Centrality 25 motion. It is therefore fair to say that from an observational point of view, the Copernican and Ptolemaic systems were equivalent.

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