Monday, December 2nd, 16:00, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, room 130
The development of modern science is normally described as the discovery of new knowledge, but the discarding of old ideas was as least as important. In seventeenth century Europe, astrology rather suddenly ceased to be an important part of learned culture, which it had been since ancient times. This development is still not well understood. The lecture will discuss this problem with a focus on the situation in the Dutch Republic. As will be shown, the marginaliation of astrology did not follow in the wake of new scientific insights, but rather preceded them.