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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2008

HIS 350L • The Galileo Affair - W

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Course Description

This course will focus on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), particularly his conflict with Church authorities and his condemnation in 1633. We will also put Galileo's work in several broader contexts: the development of science in the 16th and 17th centuries; court life and patronage in early modern Italy; and the history of relations between science and religion. This is a Substantial Writing Component course. The emphasis will be on research, writing, and class discussion. Upper-division standing required. Meets with R S 357. Course Requirements Students will co-lead a class discussion during the semester, and will write a short paper (6-8 pages), and a longer research paper (16-20 page) to be presented to the class for discussion and revision toward the end of the term. Grades will be based on the presentation (10%), the two papers (20% and 50%), and class participation (20%). Texts Richard Blackwell, Galileo, Bellarmine, and the Bible Stillman Drake (ed.), Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo Annibale Fantoli, Galileo: For Copernicanism and for the Church Maurice Finocchiaro (ed.), The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History plus a packet of xeroxed readings.


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