The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science
By (author) Peter Harrison
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Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science by Peter Harrison
Book DescriptionPeter 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521875592
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison is Professor of History and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University.
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