Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds by Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle moonlit gardens, Fontenelle describes the new cosmology of the Copernican. Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle the Earth by suggesting the possibility of multiple inhabited worlds in the universe. A Plurality of Worlds: Bernard Le Bovier, sieur de Fontenelle: la pluralité des Alternative Titles: “Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds”, “Entretiens sur la.

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The answer to that question represents the second reason the book is remarkable. Sign Oof or Create an Account. Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle. Surveying the night sky, a charming philosopher and his hostess, the Marquise, are considering thep ossibility of travelers from the moon. According to others these same ideas heavily influenced what we now call the Baroque in Art and Theater.

Conversations on the plurality of worlds

The first English translation was compounded by John Glanvill infollowed by another translation by Aphra Behn inunder the title A Discovery of New Worlds. Moreover, he boldly makes his interlocutor a woman, inviting female participation in the almost exclusively male province of scientific discourse. Citing articles via Google Scholar. You do not currently have access to this article.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It offered an explanation of the heliocentric model of the Universe, suggested by Nicolaus Copernicus in his work De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. But what may be surprising to you is that Religion simply has nothing to do with this system, in which an infinity of worlds with inhabitants exist.


Don’t have an account? About the Book Surveying the night sky, a charming philosopher and his hostess, the Marquise, are considering thep ossibility of travelers from the moon.

Dick which is a nice recap of ideas and trends which have lead to our current views on the same subjects. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? The book itself is presented as a series of conversations between a gallant philosopher and a marquisewho walk in the latter’s garden at night and gaze at stars.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. This move has been praised by some modern feminist critics as admitting women’s intelligence in scientific matters. As they had been scarcely known to the average reader before he explained and disseminated them, these astonishing ideas suddenly became all the rage.

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In the first place, they were abstract beliefs, a matter of principle rather than speculation about the future. Front page of edition. Paula Findlen, of Stanford University describes this change from the norm in her essay Becoming a Scientist: People were as eager to visit them as we are worlfs, but could imagine only one potential opportunity, a time after death when the soul….


The book was very well received both in France and elsewhere, and was regularly published.

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A Plurality of Worlds

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The descendants of Adam have not spread to the moon, nor sent colonies there.

I respect even the most excessive sensibilities people have on the matter of Religion, and I would have respected Religion to the point of wishing not to offend it in a public work, even if it were contrary to my own opinion. Books Digital Products Journals. About the Author H. He goes on in that vein for a while.

It was assumed that mortals from one solar system could never have knowledge of the others, except perhaps in an afterlife. These are no small accomplishments to be connected with for a man who was lampooned by Voltaire and to this day is considered only moderately noteworthy.

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To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. But Fontenelle took this arrangement a step further.

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