in Fictions of the Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780226011226
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226011240 | DOI:

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This chapter examines Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle's book Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. It analyzes how this book articulated the notions of a philosophical and aesthetic principle, a poetic and epistemological notion and mode of organizing discourse in defense of Copernican space. This chapter also describes how Fontenelle integrated fictional elements in this book.

Keywords: de Fontenelle; aesthetic principle; Copernican space; epistemological notion; fictional elements

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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