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The Pursuit of HarmonyKepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community$
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Aviva Rothman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226496979

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226497020.001.0001

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“The Christian Resolution of the Calendar”: Kepler as Impartial Mathematician

“The Christian Resolution of the Calendar”: Kepler as Impartial Mathematician

(p.222) Six “The Christian Resolution of the Calendar”: Kepler as Impartial Mathematician
The Pursuit of Harmony

Aviva Rothman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter seeks to explore the meaning of impartiality for Kepler, and the ways in which he understood it as a virtue that applied to mathematicians in particular. It does so by focusing on Kepler’s engagement with the disputes over the Gregorian calendar reform and the acceptance of the Gregorian calendar throughout the Holy Roman Empire. Kepler highlighted impartiality as a view from everywhere, one that implied tolerance. He used a dialogue he wrote on the question of calendar reform in order both to suggest the manner in which the fissures in Christendom could be repaired, and also to offer a specific model for a kind of churchly unity, one that did not depend on absolute agreement on points of doctrine between the confessions.

Keywords:   Kepler, impartiality, mathematicians, Gregorian calendar, calendar reform, Holy Roman Empire, dialogue

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