Essay about Galileo And Socrates On Justice And The Common Good

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Galileo and Socrates both offer various methods of arriving at conclusions within their philosophies and studies, each articulating specific information to their followers as they advocate through either science or philosophy. Within the Republic, Socrates offers his stance on justice and its placement within a city run by philosophers through reasoning. However, within the Sidereal Messenger, Galileo offers his account of information through the scientific method, a method that uses facts to support his cause. These two approaches vary immensely, each contrasting in their approach to the justification of their work and therefore cannot be used interchangeably. As Galileo’s scientific method allowed him to concoct factual evidence surrounding his findings, this approach would naturally not enable Socrates to prove his ideologies as it is merely theoretical pondering, not evidence based conclusions that can be proved in reality, therefore the methods used by Galileo would not be feasible to test Socrates stance on justice and the common good.
Within The Sidereal Messenger, Galileo uses a simple yet effect way in order to test and prove his findings to the general public, even enforcing reluctant nonbelievers to succumb to the evidence brought forth. Galileo’s scientific method, a systematic process of observation, measurement, and experimentation, allows for anyone to construct a proven hypothesis, essentially placing “philosophies” and “observations” has concrete facts…

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