Tycho Brahes okkulte videnskabspraksis

Lise Trøst Andersen Sjøbeck, Sophie Myhre Ahlstrand, Cecilie Skov & Laura Dyssegaard Styrk

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This paper examines the Danish scholar and scientist Tycho Brahe’s uses and practices of the occult sciences in the 16th century. This paper focuses on how historians throughout history have had different views on how Brahe was practicing science within the occult sphere. Some historians have chosen not to include this aspect whereas other have made a point of showing how Brahe was both an experimental scientist but also a practitioner of occult science, such as astrology. The study shows how Brahe separates some occult sciences, seeing astrology as good and useful, and alchemy as dark and awful. Brahe works within the natural philosophy paradigm, where the human body and the world are understood as microcosm and macrocosm all made how God intended. Brahe works with the occult sciences are a part of the magic-religious-worldview in 16th century, which is based on the medieval learning tradition. This paper concludes that Brahe did not differentiate between his work with astronomy and astrology, as he saw both as one whole including science, but he did feel the need to defend his work with foreseeing the future as it was not legitimate work for all scholars.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2017
Antal sider52
VejledereMia Münster-Swendsen


  • tycho
  • brahe
  • videnskab
  • alkymi
  • astrologi
  • okkult
  • horoskoper