Theology & Philosophy

Galileo Galilei and Freedom of Thought and Expression


This conference discussed Galileo's discoveries and writings through several texts, including The Starry Messenger and his Dialogues Concerning Two Chief World Systems. Conferees also explored writings of opponents of Galileo in the Catholic Church, including Cardinal Bellarmine, in order to examine the tensions between religion and science, as well as the importance of free inquiry for scientific advancement.


Conference Readings

Finocchiaro, Maurice A.. The Galileo Affair. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

Galileo. Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo. Translated by Drake, Stillman. New York: Anchor Books, 1957.

Galileo. Galileo: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Translated by Drake, Stillman. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.