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Drawing on the theories of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and others who have written on the history of sexuality and the body, Galileo’s Pendulum explores how the emergence of the scientific method in the seventeenth century led to a de-emphasis on the body and sexuality. The first half of the book focuses on the historical modeling of the relation between pleasure and knowledge by examining a history of scientific rationality and its relation to the formation of the modern scientist’s subjectivity. Relying on Foucault’s history of sexuality, the author hypothesizes that Galileo’s pendulum, as an extension of mathematics and the body, must have been sexualized by schemes of historical representation to the same extent that such schemes were rationalized by Galileo. The second half of the book explores the problems of scientific methodology and attempts to return the body in an explicit way to scientific practice. Ultimately, Galileo’s Pendulum offers a discursive method and praxis for resexualizing the history of Galilean science.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. PART ONE. PLEASURE
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. Time, Pleasure, and Knowledge
  2. pp. 19-31
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  1. 2. The Perversion of Objectivity and the Objectivity of Perversion
  2. pp. 33-57
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  1. 3. The Jesuits’ Homosocial Ties and the Experiments with Galileo’s Pendulum
  2. pp. 59-77
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  1. PART TWO. PEDAGOGY
  2. p. 79
  1. 4. The “Body-Instrument Link” and the Prism: A Case Study
  2. pp. 81-113
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  1. 5. The Formal Structure of Galileo’s Pendulum
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. 6. The Respecification of Galileo’s Pendulum
  2. pp. 129-151
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-205
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791486092
Related ISBN
9780791458815
MARC Record
OCLC
56418905
Pages
221
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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