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Views of modern philosophers
Mostly bad news for astrology

An expanded version of a summary from Correlation 1995, 14(2), 33-34.

Abstract -- In ancient times the Principle of Correspondences (inference by analogy and similarity) was an accepted way of knowing. Philosophy and astrology were automatically compatible. But not any more. In the 17th century the Principle of Correspondences was seen as untenable, and in philosophy today it is deader than dead. Modern philosophy books generally ignore astrology or dismiss it as pseudo-philosophy, invalid and unjustified. A survey of 17 modern philosophers shows they can disagree on the issues that make astrology irrational. But they all agree that astrology is not a source of reliable knowledge although it can be a source of sympathy and support. Includes hints on deciding what to believe. 28 references.

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