Galileo 's Views Of Philosophy Essay

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In Galileo’s views of philosophy, he strongly believed in the power of observation and experimentation. This is because reasoning and making sense of the world is not something that can only be accomplished by the reasoning of many philosophers. One person can make all the difference. Aristotelians on the other hand, believe a theory is proved by the amount of “witnesses” or ancient philosophers that subscribe to the theory. This is not true, according to Galileo, because the more perfect the theory the smaller amount of followers it will likely have. A perfect philosophy is focused and can support only a small number of propositions. It may have fewer followers and fewer people researching it, but it is more likely to lead to propositions that can be proven by experimentation. A philosophy that attempts to promise everything to everyone will certainly attract more followers, but because it is not focused fewer propositions can be proven. Following a poor philosophy just because of the number of its followers and the stature of those followers is weak science in Galileo’s eyes.
By contrast, Galileo appears to actually want to seek out and disprove earlier theories. He states that he cares more about offending nature and god than old sages. He criticizes Aristotelians for believing that they can judge a theory without actually testing it; instead measuring it by how close it adheres to the work of the old sages. The basis of his criticism is that basing philosophy on the…

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