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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195137064
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Glasgow University Publications
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
Sect. I Science and Religion
1 Is There Value in the Historical Approach? 15
2 Whose Science? Whose Religion? 43
Sect. II Reconstructing History
3 Against the Self-Images of the New Age 75
4 The Contemporary Relevance of the Galileo Affair 106
Sect. III Having Designs on Nature
5 Natural Theology and the History of Science 141
6 The Language of Natural Theology 176
7 From Aesthetics to Theology 207
Sect. IV Structuring Experience
8 Biographical Narratives 247
9 'A Taste for Philosophical Pursuits' - Quakers in the Royal Society of London 282
10 Improving on Nature? 314
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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