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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About the Author H. Most users should sign in with their email address. Hargreaves is Professor of English at the University of Alberta. She has written on Englightenment science, medicine, and utopian novels, and is the author of the prizewinning The King’s Plurzlity Sign In or Create an Account.

I put inhabitants there who are not like men in any way. Antiokh Kantemir translated it into Russian inalthough the translation was only published in a censored edition infontenwlle to objections from the Russian Orthodox Church. Front page of edition. About the Book Surveying the night sky, a charming philosopher and his hostess, the Marquise, are considering thep ossibility of travelers from the moon. Hargreaves’s fresh, appealing translation brings the author’s masterpiece to new generations of readers, while the introduction by Nina Rattner Gelbart clearly demonstrates the importance of the Conversations for the history of science, of women, of literature, and of French civilization, fontejelle for the popularization of culture.


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Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds French: Reviews of books Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. Through a series of informal dialogues that take place on successive evenings in plueality marquise’s moonlit gardens, Fontenelle describes the new cosmology of the Copernican world view with matchles clarity, imagination, and wit. Published inthe book is remarkable, not so much for its literary merits as for the ultimate function its publication served.

The popular Fontenelle lived through an entire century, from toand wrote prolifically. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

I will be periodically adding these reworkings into the flow of new content in an effort to eventually remove all the old pages from circulation. Sign in via your Pluraliry Sign in. According to others these same ideas heavily influenced what we now call the Baroque in Art and Theater. Close mobile search navigation Article fontenellee. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

Therefore the men in the moon are not sons of Adam. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Gender and Knowledge in 18th c. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Unlike many scientific works of its time, Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds was written not in Latinbut in French and is notable as one of the first books to attempt an explanation of scientific theories in popular language. The effect, however, was to achieve all three. The answer to that question represents the second reason the book is remarkable.

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The first English translation was compounded by John Glanvill infollowed by another translation by Aphra Behn coonversationsunder the title A Discovery of New Worlds.

A Plurality of Worlds

Perhaps it was the way he structured the book which helped it avoid censor the book takes the form of a succession of casual evening conversations or perhaps it was the the intentionally abstract and theoretical tone of the ideas themselves. Email alerts New issue alert. Retrieved from ” https: People were as eager to visit them as we are today, but could imagine only one potential opportunity, a time after death when the soul….

Fontenelle not only managed to avoid the usual persecution but in fact wolrds book became an instant best seller of the day, and went on to be translated into no less than 10 languages. Article PDF first page preview. University of California Press. In the preface, Fontenelle addresses female readers and suggests that the offered explanation should be easily understood even by those without scientific knowledge.

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