Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Speculum Astronomiae and Its Enigma

Astrology, Theology and Science in Albertus Magnus and his Contemporaries

Authors: Zambelli, P.

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The attribution of the Speculum Astronomiae to Albertus Magnus became a controversial issue only recently, when the great neo-Thomist historian Pierre Mandonnet suggested -- without any antecedents -- that the author was Roger Bacon rather than Albert. Mandonnet's theses were refuted by Lynn Thorndike and have since then been the subject of widespread discussion.
The present historiographical case-study considers this debate in the light of an analysis of texts by Albert himself, as well as other important authors, such as Bacon, Bonaventura, Thomas Aquinas, Witelo, Campanus of Novara, and others, which shows how widespread the general concept of the influence of the stars and other astrological ideas to be found in the Speculum were. Most of the scientific ideas of the Middle Ages were based on principles derived from the notion of celestial influence and its consequences. The Speculum drew the fundamental outlines of this discipline into a theoretical and bibliographical introduction -- no small achievement -- and was consequently greeted with great interest and used as a standard reference book for many centuries. Set against the background of discussions taking place in the 1260s, within the Dominican Order as well as in the Faculties of Arts, Zambelli removes all doubt that the Speculum was written by Albert, possibly with some collaboration.

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  • Further Condemnations, Debates and “Consultationes”

    Paola Zambelli

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Speculum Astronomiae and Its Enigma
Book Subtitle
Astrology, Theology and Science in Albertus Magnus and his Contemporaries
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
135
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-3467-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-3467-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1380-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4098-5
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
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