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From Influence to Inhabitation

The Transformation of Astrobiology in the Early Modern Period

Authors: Christie, James E.

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  • Offers a new theory on the decline of astrology in the 17th and 18th centuries 
  • Shows the role of astrological tradition in early theories of extraterrestrial life 
  • Discusses astrobiology, combining the search for ET life with the study of terrestrial biology 
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This book describes how and why the early modern period witnessed the marginalisation of astrology in Western natural philosophy, and the re-adoption of the cosmological view of the existence of a plurality of worlds in the universe, allowing the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Founded in the mid-1990s, the discipline of astrobiology combines the search for extraterrestrial life with the study of terrestrial biology – especially its origins, its evolution and its presence in extreme environments. This book offers a history of astrobiology's attempts to understand the nature of life in a larger cosmological context. Specifically, it describes the shift of early modern cosmology from a paradigm of celestial influence to one of celestial inhabitation. Although these trends are regarded as consequences of Copernican cosmology, and hallmarks of a modern world view, they are usually addressed separately in the historical literature. Unlike others, this book takes a broad approach that examines the relationship of the two.

From Influence to Inhabitation will benefit both historians of astrology and historians of the extraterrestrial life debate, an audience which includes researchers and advanced students studying the history and philosophy of astrobiology. It will also appeal to historians of natural philosophy, science, astronomy and theology in the early modern period.

About the authors

James E. Christie is a historian of early modern science and cosmology. His particular areas of interest include the history of astrology, the history of the ‘plurality of worlds’ philosophy, and the longer history of astrobiology and the extraterrestrial life debate. He received a PhD in Cultural and Intellectual History from The Warburg Institute, London, in 2018, with a dissertation focusing on the relationship between theories of celestial influence and celestial inhabitation from the classical period up until the early eighteenth century.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Astrology, Extraterrestrial Life and Astrobiology

    Pages 1-16

    Christie, James E.

  • Celestial Influence as an Aid to Pluralism from Antiquity to the Renaissance

    Pages 17-58

    Christie, James E.

  • William Gilbert: Magnetism as Astrological Influence, and the Unification of the Terrestrial and Celestial Realms

    Pages 59-90

    Christie, James E.

  • Johannes Kepler: A New Astronomy, Astrological Harmonies and Living Creatures

    Pages 91-127

    Christie, James E.

  • Influence and/or Inhabitation: The Celestial Bodies Between Kepler and Newton

    Pages 129-169

    Christie, James E.

Buy this book

eBook £43.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-22169-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £69.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-22168-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Influence to Inhabitation
Book Subtitle
The Transformation of Astrobiology in the Early Modern Period
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
228
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22169-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22169-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22168-3
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 215
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