The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science

The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science

by Peter Harrison
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Cambridge University Press


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The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science

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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ISBN-13: 9780521117296
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/30/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 853,392
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

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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