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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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Unveiling the Spectacle of the World

(p.79) * 3 * Fontenelle
Fictions of the Cosmos
University of Chicago Press

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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