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Dr. Darrel Rutkin

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen




Home Institution: Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington


IKGF Visiting Fellow March 2015 - April 2015

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge ca. 1250-1500: Completing Volume I of My Monograph


Curriculum Vitae

Specializing in the history of astrology as a part of premodern Western natural knowledge and culture ca. 1250-1800, H. Darrel Rutkin first studied Classics and Ancient Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin (BA) and Stanford University (MA). Along with a minor (Nebenfach) in Early Modern History, Rutkin took his PhD in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, with a dissertation entitled, "Astrology, Natural Philosophy and the History of Science, c. 1250-1700: Studies Toward an Interpretation of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola′s Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem (2002)." He has had the great good fortune to receive predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the American Academy in Rome, the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at M.I.T, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at N.Y.U. He has also taught at Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Stanford University. Representative publications include, "Astrology," in The Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 3: Early Modern Science, Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (eds), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 541-61, and "Galileo Astrologer: Astrology and Mathematical Practice in the Late-Sixteenth and Early-Seventeenth Centuries," GALILAEANA: Journal of Galilean Studies 2 (2005): 107-43. He is currently completing volume I (Structures: 1250-1500) of his first monograph, Reframing the Scientific Revolution: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800.

Selected Publications

Books and Editions

Monograph:

  • Reframing the Scientific Revolution: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800, to be published in the series, "Archimedes: New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology," Jed Z. Buchwald (ed), Dordrecht: Springer, 2 vols. Volume I (Structures: 1250-1500), completion date: May 2014; volume II (Continuities and Transformations: 1500-1800), completion date: May 2017.
Translation:

  • Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem—Disputations against Divinatory Astrology, to be published in The I Tatti Renaissance Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (completion date: May 2015).

Proceedings

Edited Volume:

  • Horoscopes and Public Spheres: Essays on the History of Astrology, Günther Oestmann, H. Darrel Rutkin and Kocku von Stuckrad (eds), in the series, Religion and Society (42), Kocku von Stuckrad and Gustavo Benavides (eds), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005; the proceedings of a conference, "Horoscopes and History," held in Amsterdam, July 2004, with some additional invited essays.

Articles

  • "Astrology and Magic," in A Companion to Albert the Great: Theology, Philosophy and the Sciences, Irven M. Resnick (ed), Leiden: Brill, 2013, 451-505.
  • "Astrologia e divinazione in Tommaso d′Aquino," ("Astrology and Divination in Thomas Aquinas," tr. Chiara Petrolini), in Il linguaggio dei cieli: Astri e simboli nel Rinascimento, Germana Ernst and Guido Giglioni (eds), Frecce: Carocci Editore, 2012, 23-37.
  • "Astrology," in The Harvard Companion to the Classical Tradition, Anthony T. Grafton, Glen W. Most, Salvatore Settis (eds), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010, 84-89 (in collaboration with François Charette).
  • "The Mysteries of Attraction: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Astrology and Desire," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41 (2010), Special Issue, Stars, Spirits, Signs: Towards a History of Astrology 1100-1800, Robert Ralley and Lauren Kassell (eds), 117-24 (6000 words, but extremely small type).
  • "The Use and Abuse of Ptolemy′s Tetrabiblos in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe: Two Case Studies (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Filippo Fantoni)," Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century, Alexander Jones (ed), Dordrecht: Springer, 2010, 135-149.
  • "L′Astrologia da Alberto Magno a Pico della Mirandola," ("Astrology from Albertus Magnus to Giovanni Pico della Mirandola," tr. Francesco La Nave), in Il Rinascimento Italiano e l′Europa, Vol. 4: Le Scienze nel Rinascimento Italiano, Antonio Clericuzio and Germana Ernst (eds), Costabissara: Angelo Colla, 2008, 47-58.
  • "Magia, Cabala, Vera Astrologia: Le prime considerazioni sull′ astrologia di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola" ("Magia, Cabala, Vera Astrologia: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola′s Early Views on Astrology," tr. Germana Ernst), in Nello specchio del cielo: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola e le Disputationes contro l′astrologia divinatoria, Marco Bertozzi (ed.), Florence: Olschki, 2008, 31-45.
  • "Astrological Conditioning of Same-Sexual Relations in Girolamo Cardano′s Theoretical Treatises and Celebrity Genitures," in The Sciences of Homosexuality in Early Modern Europe, Kenneth Borris and George Rousseau (eds), London: Routledge, 2008, 183-99.
  • "Astrology," in The Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 3: Early Modern Science, Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park (eds), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 541-61.
  • "‘Why Newton Rejected Astrology: A Reconstruction′ or ‘Newton′s Comets and the Transformation of Astrology: 20 Years Later,′" Cronos: Cuadernos Valencianos de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia 9 (2006): 85-98.
  • "Galileo Astrologer: Astrology and Mathematical Practice in the Late-Sixteenth and Early-Seventeenth Centuries," GALILAEANA: Journal of Galilean Studies 2 (2005): 107-43.
  • "Various Uses of Horoscopes: Astrological Practices in Early Modern Europe," in Horoscopes and Public Spheres: Essays on the History of Astrology, Günther Oestmann, H. Darrel Rutkin and Kocku von Stuckrad (eds), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005, 167-82.
  • "Introduction," in Horoscopes and Public Spheres: Essays on the History of Astrology (in collaboration with G. Oestmann and K. von Stuckrad), 1-9.
  • "Giovanni Pico della Mirandola′s Early Reform of Astrology: An Interpretation of Vera Astrologia in the Cabalistic Conclusions," Bruniana e Campanelliana 10 (2004): 495-98.
  • "Celestial Offerings: Astrological Motifs in the Dedicatory Letters of Galileo′s Sidereus Nuncius and Kepler′s Astronomia Nova," in Secrets of Nature: Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe, William R. Newman and Anthony Grafton (eds), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001, 133-72.
Forthcoming:

  • "Identifying Pseudo-Prophets: Giuliano Ristori (1492-1556) and Filippo Fantoni (ca. 1530-91) on Certain Religious Effects of Great Conjunctions," to be published in the proceedings of the conference, "From Masha′allah to Kepler: the Theory and Practice of Astrology in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance," Charles Burnett and Dorian Greenbaum (eds), Warburg Institute, University of London, November 2008.
  • "The Physics and Metaphysics of Talismans (Imagines Astronomicae): A Case Study in (Neo)Platonism, Aristotelianism and the Esoteric Tradition," to be published in the proceedings of the conference, "Platonismus und Esoterik in Byzantinischem Mittelalter und Italienischer Renaissance," Helmut Seng (ed), University of Frankfurt, July 2010.
  • "Astrology, Politics and Power in 16th-century Florence: Giuliano Ristori′s Extensive Judgment on Cosimo I′s Nativity (1537)," to be published in the proceedings of the conference, "Astrologers and their Clients in Medieval and Early Modern Europe," Wiebke Deimann and David Juste (eds), International Research Consortium (IKGF) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, September 2011.