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Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola & Astrology with H Darrel Rutkin

In this episode we talk once more with researcher H Darrel Rutkin on one of the most, if not the most, relevant figures of early modern anti-astrological discourse: Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola (24 February 1463–17 November 1494). Published posthumously in 1496 his Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem (Arguments Against Judicial Astrology) had a tremendous impact on astrological practice. Pico has been studied by several researchers, among them Darrel, who addressed his work and impact in this PhD thesis and in other publications. In this podcast we discuss some details of Giovanni Pico’s work and life.

For an overview of H Darrel Rutkin’s work see:

Our previous podcast with Darrel is available at:

See also:

Early Modern Cosmology: Institutions and Metaphysics –

Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800, Vol. 1 (Springer, 2019) –

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