Galileo and the Rhetoric of Relativity

  • Peter Machamer


This paper argues that Galileo well fitted in with the neo-Protagorian, person-relative framework that was emerging around him in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in western Europe. For Galileo all knowledge depended crucially and essentially on first person experience, and at the same time this knowledge was objective, not subjective. The paper develops this tension and concludes with some remarks on its educational implications.


Seventeenth Century Incline Plane Educational Implication Secondary Quality Floating Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Machamer
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  1. 1.History and Philosophy of Science DepartmentUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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