The Ages of Two-faced Janus: The Comets of 1577 and 1618 and the Decline of the Aristotelian World View in the Netherlands

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BRILL, 1998 - 603 pages
This volume deals with the tracts, Latin and vernacular, published in the Netherlands on the comets of 1577 and 1618. Central to the book is the question how these cometary appearances influenced the Aristotelian world view. Three introductory chapters on the historiography of cometology and the nature of sixteenth-century Aristotelianism are followed by a detailed examination of the Netherlandish authors' views on the nature and constitution of the universe. In the final chapter, their opinions on cometary prognostication are evaluated, and are linked to contemporary political developments. This is the first lengthy examination of the decline of Aristotelian cosmology in the Netherlands. Its demonstration of the connection between cosmological and political views renders the book useful to historians of general Dutch history, as well as historians of science.
 

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Table des matières

Preliminaries
15
Chapter Three Comets Before the Cessation of Dialogue
42
SixteenthCentury Heterodoxy
84
The Netherlands
145
1577 to 1618
213
Dutch Reactions to the Comet of 1618
237
Caeli civem esse Solis sobolem
303
Creature of God
360
The Issues Facing
388
Comets at the Crossroads
420
Gemma and Heurnius
439
The Netherlands 1618
477
Conclusion
556
The Age of TwoFaced Janus
566
Bibliography
581
Index
597

Seneca Saves Aristotle
368
Astrology
376

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Page 583 - Both in English and Latin, For Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets, by Edmond Halley, London, 1752. The volume is not paginated. The editor states that the tables were "sent to the press in 1717 and printed off in 1719.

À propos de l'auteur (1998)

Tabitta van Nouhuys, Ph.D. (1997) in History, Leiden University, is a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. She studied History and Law at the University of Leiden.

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