Article ID: CBB001420243

The Marginalization of Astrology among Dutch Astronomers in the First Half of the 17th Century (2014)

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In the first half of the 17th century, Dutch astronomers rapidly abandoned the practice of astrology. By the second half of the century, no trace of it was left in Dutch academic discourse. This abandonment, in its early stages, does not appear as the result of criticism or skepticism, although such skepticism was certainly known in the Dutch Republic and leading humanist scholars referred to Pico's arguments against astrological predictions. The astronomers, however, did not really refute astrology, but simply stopped paying attention to it, as other questions (in particular the constitution of the universe) became the focus of their scholarship. The underlying physical view of the world, with its idea of celestial influences, remained in vigor much longer. Even convinced anti-Aristotelians, in explaining the world, tried to account for the effects of the oppositions and conjunctions of planets, and similar elements. It is only with Descartes that the by now widespread skepticism about predictions found expression in a philosophy that denied celestial influence.

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Authors & Contributors
Cavaillé, Jean-Pierre
Borghero, Carlo
Paganini, Gianni
Lennon, Thomas M.
Akopyan, Ovanes
Bouwsma, William James
Journals
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Rinascimento: Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Perspectives on Science
Publishers
Yale University Press
Kluwer
Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli
Atlantis
Booklink
Brill
Concepts
Astrology
Astronomy
Philosophy
Skepticism
Humanism
Forecasting; prediction
People
Descartes, René
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni
Galilei, Galileo
Gassendi, Pierre
Locke, John
Bayle, Pierre
Time Periods
17th century
Renaissance
16th century
15th century
Ancient
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Places
Europe
China
Italy
Poland
Padua (Italy)
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