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23 - Astrology

from Part III - Dividing the Study of Nature
Summary
Astrology was studied within three distinct scientific disciplines, including mathematics, natural philosophy, and medicine. Astrology was served to integrate several highly developed mathematical sciences of antiquity, including astronomy, geography, and geometrical optics, with Aristotelian natural philosophy. Astrology was also taught in the natural philosophy course at Bologna, which involved studying the core texts of Aristotelian natural philosophy, including those that provided astrology's natural philosophical foundations. Moreover, reacting partly to Pico's critique and partly to their own experience, Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler devoted much of their labors to reforming the astronomical and natural philosophical foundations of astrology in order to improve the system. This chapter describes astrology's place in the work of major figures of the Scientific Revolution, including Galileo, Bacon, and Robert Boyle. It finally shows why astrology removed from its central place in the premodern understanding of nature over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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