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The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science

Hardback|Dec 2007
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Peter Harrison provides an account of the religious foundations of scientific knowledge. He shows how the approaches to the study of nature that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were directly informed by theological discussions about the Fall of...


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Peter Harrison provides an account of the religious foundations of scientific knowledge. He shows how the approaches to the study of nature that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were directly informed by theological discussions about the Fall of Man and the extent to which the mind and the senses had been damaged by that primeval event. Scientific methods, he suggests, were originally devised as techniques for ameliorating the cognitive damage wrought by human sin. At its inception, modern science was conceptualized as a means of recapturing the knowledge of nature that Adam had once possessed. Contrary to a widespread view that sees science emerging in conflict with religion, Harrison argues that theological considerations were of vital importance in the framing of the scientific method.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 292791
  • Product Code 9780521875592
  • ISBN 0521875595
  • EAN 9780521875592
  • Pages 316
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Dec 2007
  • Dimensions 230 x 160 x 26mm
  • Weight 0.645kg

Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art and studied Art History at Glasgow University and the University of East Anglia. He divides his time between painting and freelance writing and editing. He is the author of five children's books, one each on the painters van Gogh and Monet, the remainder on 'The Wild West', 'Inventions', and 'Cars'.

  • Acknowledgements; List Of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Adam's Encyclopaedia; 2. Augustine Revived; 3. Seeking Certainty In A Fallen World; 4. Dethroning The Idols; 5. The Instauration Of Learning; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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