Archimedes

Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800

I. Medieval Structures (1250-1500): Conceptual, Institutional, Socio-Political, Theologico-Religious and Cultural

Authors: Rutkin, H Darrel

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  • Analyzes astrology's removal from legitimate practice
  • Integrates medieval and early modern analyses
  • Offers a new interpretation of astrology’s premodern scientific and theological foundations
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This book explores the changing perspective of astrology from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Era. It introduces a framework for understanding both its former centrality and its later removal from legitimate knowledge and practice. The discussion reconstructs the changing roles of astrology in Western science, theology, and culture from 1250 to 1500.

The author considers both the how and the why. He analyzes and integrates a broad range of sources. This analysis shows that the history of astrology—in particular, the story of the protracted criticism and ultimate removal of astrology from the realm of legitimate knowledge and practice—is crucial for fully understanding the transition from premodern Aristotelian-Ptolemaic natural philosophy to modern Newtonian science.

This removal, the author argues, was neither obvious nor unproblematic. Astrology was not some sort of magical nebulous hodge-podge of beliefs. Rather, astrology emerged in the 13th century as a richly mathematical system that served to integrate astronomy and natural philosophy, precisely the aim of the “New Science” of the 17th century. As such, it becomes a fundamentally important historical question to determine why this promising astrological synthesis was rejected in favor of a rather different mathematical natural philosophy—and one with a very different causal structure than Aristotle's.

About the authors

A historian of science with a focus on the role of astrology in premodern Western science and culture ca. 1250-1800, H Darrel Rutkin took his PhD at Indiana University in 2002. After a series of splendid postdoctoral fellowships and visiting professorships, he is now Associate Professor (Ricercatore) at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia in the Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali (2018-2021). He has also contributed to the Cambridge History of Science and the Harvard Companion to the Classical Tradition.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Ligamentum naturalis philosophiae et metaphysicae: Astrology and Aristotelian Natural Philosophy

    Pages 5-39

    Rutkin, H Darrel

  • Mathematizing the Picture: Mathematics, Perspectiva and Astrology in Roger Bacon and Albertus Magnus

    Pages 41-92

    Rutkin, H Darrel

  • The Natural Philosophical Foundations for Astrological Revolutions: Albertus Magnus’s Commentary on the Pseudo-Aristotelian De Causis Proprietatum Elementorum

    Pages 93-115

    Rutkin, H Darrel

  • Defending Astrology: Roger Bacon and the Speculum Astronomiae

    Pages 117-167

    Rutkin, H Darrel

  • Astrology and Theology in Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas: Fate, Divination and Providence

    Pages 173-234

    Rutkin, H Darrel

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800
Book Subtitle
I. Medieval Structures (1250-1500): Conceptual, Institutional, Socio-Political, Theologico-Religious and Cultural
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
55
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10779-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10779-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10778-9
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LXXXIX, 515
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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