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Galileo, now famous, returns to Florence, fails to persuade natural philosophers (5/8)

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His observations with the telescope catapulted Galileo from being an obscure engineer to the world’s foremost defender of a new natural philosophical claim: the large-scale structure of the universe. Yes, the Church scowled a little, but the real problems were that (a) he wasn’t a natural philosopher, (b) he has no natural philosophical justification for heliocentricity, and© he did not have an academic position as a natural philosopher. Moving to the Court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany didn’t really help.

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