3 Alchemical Quests in Modern Garb

We have seen so far that astrology, or ‘the science of the stars,’ applied hermeneutical methods that interacted explicitly with the field of rational interpretations of nature, a domain that has been claimed by ‘modern’ science since the nineteenth century. Although astrological knowledge had been discarded in this discursive entanglement, the ‘ingredients’ of the relevant discursive knots were tied together again in new constellations during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Astrology was both a competitor with ‘secular science’ and a representative of scientific thinking that was interested in an inclusive, qualitative view of nature. This is the main reason why astrology could maintain its discursive ...

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