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Galileo's Visions: Piercing the spheres of the heavens by eye and mind

Marco Piccolino and Nicholas J. Wade


The central aim of this book is to analyse the scientific and philosophical work of Galileo Galilei from the particular viewpoint of his approach to the senses (and especially vision) as a way for acquiring trustworthy knowledge about the constitution of the world. For Galileo the senses are potentially ambiguous. Accordingly, reliable information capable of penetrating the complexity of reality can only be obtained by interpreting the sensory data critically. The philosophical background of Galileo’s attitude to the senses is his awareness that nature has not developed a specific language aim ... More

Keywords: senses, vision, sensory data, sensory physiology, sensory psychophysics, sensory signals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Piccolino, author
Professor of General Physiology, Center of Neurosciences of the University of Ferrara, Italy

Nicholas J. Wade, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Dundee, UK