Grazer Philosophische Studien

Volume 49, 1994/95

Investigating Hintikka

Jan Von Plato
Pages 63-75

Illustrations of Method in Ptolemaic Astronomy

Mathematical Astronomy as the most developed branch of ancient exact sciences has been widely discussed - especially epistemological issues e.g. concerning astronomy as a prime example of the distinction between instrumentalist and realist understanding of theories. In contrast to these the very methodology of ancient astronomy has received little attention. Following the work of Jaakko Hintikka and Unto Remes Aristarchus' method of determining the distance of the Sun is sketched and Ptolemy's solar model is discussed in detail.