Limits of Influence: Pico, Louvain, and the Crisis of Renaissance Astrology (Medieval and Early Modern Science)

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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.

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'...a delight to read, with detailed historical accounts of important figures and episodes in the reform of late medieval and Renaissance astrological practice...The book presents particularly valuable discussions of the relationship between astology and contemporary disciplines, such as medicine, meteorolgoy, theology, physics, and of course, astronomy.'
M.V. Dougherty, Renaissance Quarterly.

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While acknowledging the omnipresence and flexibility of astrology in early modern Europe that have been firmly established by cultural historians, Broeke (history of science, medicine, and technology, Johns Hopkins U.), says that the history of science must also to explore its intimate ties with other disciplines considered scientific at the time,

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