Models of the Skies

  • Emily GrosholzEmail author
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 25)


Reasoning that adds content to scientific theories typically moves between the task of accurate reference and taxonomy, and the task of analysis, the theoretical search for conditions of intelligibility. Here we examine the development of models of astronomical systems, beginning with the early 17th century models of the solar system, and ending with late 20th century models of galaxies. In each case, we note both the distinction, and the interaction, between the aims of reference and analysis, and the ways in which disparate modes of representation combine to enlarge scientific knowledge.


Reference Analysis Scientific model Astronomy Cosmology Kepler Newton Laplace Clausius Herschel Rosse Hubble Zwicky Rubin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Center for Fundamental TheoryThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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