Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion / Edition 1

Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion / Edition 1

by John Hedley Brooke, Geoffrey Cantor
     
 

ISBN-10: 019513706X

ISBN-13: 9780195137064

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book, first published in the U.K. by T&T Clark, expands on the authors' prestigious Glasgow Gifford Lectures of 1995-6. Brooke and Cantor herein examine the many different ways in which the relationship between science and religion has been presented throughout history. They contend that, in fact, neither science nor religion is reducible to some timeless

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This book, first published in the U.K. by T&T Clark, expands on the authors' prestigious Glasgow Gifford Lectures of 1995-6. Brooke and Cantor herein examine the many different ways in which the relationship between science and religion has been presented throughout history. They contend that, in fact, neither science nor religion is reducible to some timeless "essence"—and they deftly criticize the various master-narratives that have been put forward in support of such "essentialist" theses. Along the way, they repeatedly demolish the clichés so typical of popular histories of the science and religion debate, demonstrating the impossibility of reducing these debates to a single narrative, or of narrowing this relationship to a paradigm of conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195137064
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Glasgow University Publications
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction1
Sect. IScience and Religion
1Is There Value in the Historical Approach?15
2Whose Science? Whose Religion?43
Sect. IIReconstructing History
3Against the Self-Images of the New Age75
4The Contemporary Relevance of the Galileo Affair106
Sect. IIIHaving Designs on Nature
5Natural Theology and the History of Science141
6The Language of Natural Theology176
7From Aesthetics to Theology207
Sect. IVStructuring Experience
8Biographical Narratives247
9'A Taste for Philosophical Pursuits' - Quakers in the Royal Society of London282
10Improving on Nature?314
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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