Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

That the Moon May be a World. Ariſtarchus, Philolæus, and Copernicus, with
many other later Writers, who aſſented unto
their Hypotheſis; ſo Foach. Rhelicus, David
Origanus Lansbergius, Guil. Gilbert, and (iſ I
may believe Campanella) Innumeri alii Angli & Galli, Very many others, both Engliſh and
French, all who affirm’d our Earth to be one
of the Planets, and the Sun to be the Centre of
all, about which the Heavenly Bodies did
move. And how horrid ſoever this may ſeem
at firſt, yet is it likely enough to be true, nor
is there any Maxim or Obſervation in Op-
ticks (ſaith Pena) that can diſprove it.

34.1.

See the fe-
cond Book.
1 Prop.
Apologia
pro Galli-
læo.

Now iſ our Earth were one of the Planets,
(as it is according to them) then why may not
another of the Planets be an Earth.

Thus have I ſhewed you the Truth oſ this
Propoſition. Before I proceed farther, ’tis
requiſite that I inform the Reader, what Me-
thod I ſhall follow in the proving of this chief
Aſſertion, that there is a World in the Moon.

The Order by which I ſhall be guided, will
be, that which Ariſtotle uſes in his Book, De
Mundo, (if that Book were his.)

Firſt, Πξι τμ άν alp2; μτñ of thoſe chief parts
which are in it; not the Elementary and Æthe-
real (as he doth there) ſince this doth not be-
long to the preſent Queſtion, but of the Sea
and Land, & c. Secondly, Πρτ άμτιυτ παυΠν, of
thoſe things which are Extrinſical to it, as the
Seaſons, Meteors, and Inhabitants.

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