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The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings

October 7, 2009

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Cassius, Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene ii, 140-141).

The context of the passage is a denial of fatalism/astrology and subservience to Caesar, a mere man.

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Don’t Blame the Stars

August 26, 2009

The fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars; but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Shakespeare, CASSIUS in Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2

Astrology

July 14, 2009

Augustine makes two arguments against astrology in his Confessions. The first is that of the (true) story of two children born at the exact same moment. One was a slave and the other of noble and wealthy parents. The one born a slave remained one all his life. In like manner, the one born of wealthy parents remained in the upper classes.

The second is the case of twins. Though born under the same star, they can lead different lives.

See Confessions 7.5.8,10