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Welcome to Cosmocritic: resources for enquiry into non-linear understandings* of horoscopic astrology

* By which we mean approaches outside the causal, realist and objectivist approaches typically associated these days with classical, materialist science.

In what we would like to think of as a spirit of enquiry, we aim to include all relevant perspectives - including ones that conflict with and even contradict one another

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Texts

Addey, John: 'Astrology as Divination' (1982)

A critical perspective on divination which asserts the importance of an experimental, empirical approach. 7 pp.; 1.7 mb.

Bird, Alie: 'Astrology in Education: an Ethnography' (2006)

PhD thesis examining how astrology is taught; discusses astrology as divination and Vaihinger's 'philosophy of "as if"'. 302 pp.; 1.7 mb.

Brady, Bernadette: 'Can astrology be viewed as an expression of chaosmos...' (2004)

Ranges from pre-historical creation myths to contemporary chaos and complexity theories; considers their potential relevance to astrology. 88 pp.; 900 kb.

Brockbank, James: 'Different Ways to Characterise Astrology' (2016)

Considers the basis upon which astrology is characterised as belonging to a particular approach or school. 4 pp.; 50 kb.

Brockbank, James: 'The Responsive Cosmos: An Enquiry into the Theoretical Foundations of Astrology' (2011)

PhD thesis which examines the philosophical implications of an astrological cosmos. 402 pp.; 2 mb.

Brockbank, James: 'Human Judgement Errors and Astrology' (2015)

Discusses and evaluates the attribution of astrology's apparent efficacy to failings in human judgement. 13pp.; 160 kb.

Cornelius, Geoffrey: 'An Anti-Astrology Signature' (1978)

Discusses astrological symbolism within the 'Humanist' attack on astrology of 1975; features a new introduction by Kirk Little. 16 pp.; 9 mb.

Cornelius, Geoffrey: 'Is Astrology Divination - and Does it Matter?' (1998/2000)

Concise summary of the case for taking astrology as a form of divination. 11 pp.; 700 kb.

Cornelius, Geoffrey: The Oslo Paper and Moment of Astrology articles (1982 - 6)

An early paper and series of articles in which Cornelius articulates the idea of astrology as a form of divination for the first time in his work. With an introduction by Kirk Little. 51 pp.; 17 mb.

Curry, Patrick: 'An Aporia for Astrology' (1983)

An introduction to the philosophical quandries around the practice of astrology. 30 pp.; 7 mb.

Eccles, Bernard: '21st Century Astrology: Judgement without Consideration' (2015)

Evaluates the future of astrology in the digital age. 11 pp.; 1 mb.

Greenbaum, Dorian Gieseler: 'Arrows, Aiming and Divination: Astrology as a Stochastic Art' (2010)

Explores the roots of divination and science in Hellenistic philosophy and astrology. 30 pp.; 1.5 mb.

Hamblin, David: 'Astrology as Religion' (1990)

Letter in which an influential astrologer announced his loss of confidence in astrology - specifically, the scientific model thereof. 3 pp.; 40 kb.

Hand, Robert: 'The Proper Relationship of Astrology and Science' (1989)

Examines negative and positive expectations for scientific analysis of astrology, and the limitations of both. 11 pp.; 4 mb.

Hyde, Maggie: 'The Judder Effect' (2001)

Versions, and consequences, of astrological success as perceived outwardly and experienced inwardly. 6 pp.; 1.5 mb.

Little, Kirk: 'Defining the Moment: Geoffrey Cornelius and the Development of the Divinatory Perspective' (2006)

One of the first works to place the development of Geoffrey Cornelius's 'Moment of Astrology' in the context of UK Astrology. 42 pp.; 400 k.

Mansfield, Victor: 'An Astrophysicist's Sympathetic and Critical View of Astrology' (1997)

Reflects on ways to reconcile inner and outer worlds, drawing on contemporary science and Jungian thought. 14 pp.; 400 kb.

Phillipson, Garry: 'Modern Science, Epistemology and Astrology' (2006)

Considers if and how scientific developments such as quantum mechanics impinge on astrology. 16 pp.; 250 kb.

Phillipson, Garry: 'The Philosophy of William James as a Context for Astrology' (2010)

Exploration of themes in James's philosophy such as pragmatism and panpsychism and their relevance to astrology. 12 pp.; 160 kb.

Radermacher, Lindsay: 'The Role of Dialogue in Astrological Divination' (2011)

MPhil dissertation that focuses on a divinatory and dialogical model of astrology with particular reference to the thought of Martin Buber. 210 pp.; 4 mb.

Rudhyar, Dane: 'How Can Astrology's Claims be Proven Valid' (1970/1961)

The influential astrologer, musician, painter and philosopher questions whether astrology is inherently capable of scientific vindication. 4 pp; 1.7 mb.

Ruperti, Alexander: 'Meaning of Humanistic Astrology' (1994)

Clear statement of the view (drawing on Rudhyar's thought) that astrology is necessarily different from one astrologer to the next.