The mechanical philosophy, mechanisms, and values
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The Italian in the title of this book, “Eppur si muove,” means “and yet it does move” and is, almost certainly apocryphally, attributed to Galileo after he was forced to recant his claim that the earth moves around the sun. The essays honor the philosopher and historian of science, Peter Machamer, known for his extensive work on Galileo. The authors are Machamer’s former students, all but one of whom were graduate students in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Maarten Van Dyck was a student at Ghent, and Machamer served on his PhD committee. In addition to the reference to Galileo, the editors also appreciate another meaning of “Eppur si muove,” referring to the way Machamer and his students have “moved” the interdisciplinary field of history and philosophy of science.
The Introduction provides an overview of Machamer’s work during his long, distinguished, and continuing career. The fourteen essays are of uniformly high quality, short...
Thanks to Peter Machamer, David Miller, and Thomas Pradeu for useful responses to email queries as I was preparing this review and to Aida Roige for helpful suggestions.
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