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This book presents key documents from the pre-1915 history of the extraterrestrial life debate. Introductions and commentaries accompany each source document, some of which are published here for the first time or in a new translation. Authors included are Aristotle, Lucretius, Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa, Galileo, Kepler, Pascal, Fontenelle, Huygens, Newton, Pope, Voltaire, Kant, Paine, Chalmers, Darwin, Wallace, Dostoevski, Lowell, and Antoniadi, among others. Michael J. Crowe has compiled an extensive bibliography not available in other sources. These materials reveal that the extraterrestrial life debate, rather than being a relatively modern phenomenon, has extended throughout nearly all Western history and has involved many of its leading intellectuals. The readings also demonstrate that belief in extraterrestrial life has had major effects on science and society, and that metaphysical and religious views have permeated the debate throughout much of its history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. FIGURES
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  1. TABLES
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. PART ONE. ANTIQUITY TO NEWTON
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. THE DEBATE IN ANTIQUITY
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2. FROM AUGUSTINE TO THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 14-34
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  1. 3. FROM COPERNICUS TO BRUNO
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. 4. GALILEO, KEPLER, DESCARTES, AND PASCAL
  2. pp. 51-71
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  1. 5. FONTENELLE AND HUYGENS
  2. pp. 72-108
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  1. 6. NEWTON, BENTLEY, AND DERHAM
  2. pp. 109-126
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  1. PART TWO. THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 127-128
  1. 7. ASTRONOMERS AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS
  2. pp. 129-181
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  1. 8. EXTRATERRESTRIALS AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT
  2. pp. 182-230
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  1. PART THREE. FROM 1800 TO 1860
  2. pp. 231-232
  1. 9. INTENSIFICATION OF THE DEBATE AFTER 1800
  2. pp. 233-296
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  1. 10. BEFORE THE WHEWELL DEBATE
  2. pp. 297-332
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  1. 11. WHEWELL’S OF THE PLURALITYOF WORLDS AND RESPONSES
  2. pp. 333-366
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  1. PART FOUR. FROM 1860 TO 1915
  2. pp. 367-368
  1. 12. NEW APPROACHES TO AN ANCIENT QUESTION
  2. pp. 369-437
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  1. 13. THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 438-469
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  1. 14. THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE CANALS OF MARS
  2. pp. 470-517
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 518-521
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  1. APPENDIX. The History of Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life Research Program
  2. pp. 522-524
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  1. SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 526-541
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  1. PERMISSIONS
  2. pp. 542-543
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  1. INDEX
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268076795
Related ISBN
9780268023683
MARC Record
OCLC
763139371
Pages
576
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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