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Calvin, Daneau, and Physica Mosaica

Neglected Continuities at the Origins of an Early Modern Tradition

David S. Sytsma

attitudes to Aristotle, 15 ends up in a similar place to Bizer. For Sinnema, Daneau’s Christian physics was “largely a biblicist effort” but actually he only “made certain corrections on particular points” to the prevailing Aristotelian and pre-Copernican worldview. In fact Daneau “reconfirmed it with

The Limits of Influence

Pico, Louvain, and the Crisis of Renaissance Astrology


Steven Broecke, vanden

Historians of science often acknowledge the academic status of astrology in the early modern period, but mostly fail to explore its relation with other disciplines and its role in society. This book seeks to fill that gap.
The first part of the book examines the practices and functions that shaped late medieval astrology, and relates how its academic status became discredited, both in northern Italy and the Low Countries. The second part of the book examines various counter-strategies of astrological reform, and shows how these ultimately failed to restore public trust in academic astrology.
This book provides a new level of detail to the history of astrology. It also establishes important new links with other fields, like the history of universities, humanism, astronomy, medicine, and instrument building.

Robert F. DeVall

embodies what he calls critical history: a phrase he attributes to F. H. Bradley in his first published work, The Presuppositions of Critical History (1874). Collingwood agrees with the main current of Bradley’s essay, going as far as to proclaim Bradley’s discovery as a Copernican revolution in

Eugen Zeleňák

aspects and compare it with an alternative semantics inspired by the Fregean notion of mode of presentation. Finally, I conclude with a couple of comments on the Copernican Revolution advocated in the book. 1. A Short Summary The book starts with a chapter on historicism, the position that

Bruce S. Bennett and Moletlanyi Tshipa

what happened . One may consider it more important to explain why the world was in this state where such risks existed, but that is a different question. An objection might be made based on Richard Gott’s “doomsday argument.” 27 Gott argues that we can make deductions from a Copernican assumption that

Rémi Brague

(Frank- furt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 1981), pp. 316, 762, and 803. Blumenberg sees very clearly that the Copernican revolution was made bearable for Renaissance man through a transposition of anthropocentrism to an ideal ground (a process thanks to which anthropocentrism became far more radical and pretentious

Paul E. Chevedden

anticipate or lead to the discoveries of Kepler and Newton; Copernican astronomy did. Saliba states that “in very general terms, one can characterize the whole tradition of Islamic theoretical astronomy, as a continuous attempt to save Ptolemy from his own folly, in the sense of trying to make his work more

Adam Timmins

paradigm is what allows science to proceed in the absence of rules . 12 Of particular interest to us here is the idea of ‘internal’ and ‘external’ history. Kuhn’s book on the Copernican Revolution laid great emphasis on the social factors that played a role in the switch from Ptolemaic to Copernican

Giuseppina D’Oro and James Connelly

“Earth”, for example, changes its meaning in the transition from a Ptolemaic or geocentric conception to a Copernican or heliocentric conception of the universe. 4 Kuhn’s denial of the value-neutrality of scientific facts implies a commitment to meaning variance over time. Since comparability across

James W. McAllister

understanding of science was best furthered by an intensive study of crucial historical transitions, such as the Copernican revolution – as well as, perhaps, that scientists learned their craft by studying exemplars of good science, rather than by applying general rules. 17 In these instances, case studies