Tres modelos de explicación de la refracción: Bacon, Pecham, Witelo

Translated title of the contribution: Three models of explanation of refraction: Bacon, Pecham, Witelo

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Abstract

This paper examines three explanations of the light refraction proposed by the medieval thinkers Roger Bacon, John Pecham and Erazmus Ciolek Witelo. It is shown, first, that Bacońs explanation was supported in a metaphysics of the multiplication of causal powers and, second, this explanation arrives to an insurmountable conflict. In the case of Pecham, it is shown that there is a greater commitment with a quantitative law which, unfortunately, leads to an defeated explanation. Finally, the desire of Witelo to introduce cosmological elements in its explanation is valued.

Translated title of the contributionThree models of explanation of refraction: Bacon, Pecham, Witelo
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)449-480
Number of pages32
JournalAnales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofia
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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