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Fictions of the CosmosScience and Literature in the Seventeenth Century$
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Frederique Ait-Touati

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226011226

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.001.0001

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Fontenelle

Fontenelle

Unveiling the Spectacle of the World

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(p.79) * 3 * Fontenelle
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Fictions of the Cosmos
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.003.0004

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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