Professor Peter Harrison

Director and ARC Laureate Fellow

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Academic

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
iash.ea@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69494

Overview

Peter Harrison was educated at the University of Queensland and Yale University. In 2011 he moved to Queensland from the University of Oxford where for a number of years he was the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion. At Oxford he was a member of the Faculties of Theology and History, a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre where he continues to hold a Senior Research Fellowship. He has published extensively in the area of cultural and intellectual history with a focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the early modern period. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Yale, and Princeton, is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2003, he recieved a Centenary Medal for 'service to Australian Society and the Humanities in the Study of Philosophy and Religion’. In 2011 he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. In 2013 he was awarded a DLitt by the University of Oxford.

His five books include, most recently, Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago, 2011)—an edited collection which surveys conceptions of science from antiquity to the present—and The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2010). He has published over 60 articles or book chapters. The book of his Gifford Lectures will appear with University of Chicago Press in 2014 with the title Science, Religion and Modernity. He is presently working on a project concerned with conceptions of progress in history and the historical sciences.

Research Interests

  • Intellectual History, Historical Relations between Science and Religion, History of Science, Religious History, History of Philosophy

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Doctor of Letters, Oxf.
  • Master of Arts, Oxf.
  • Master of Arts, Yale University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland

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  • Harrison, Peter (2017). Is science-religion conflict always a bad thing? Augustinian reflections on Christianity and Evolution. In William T. Cavanaugh and James K. A. Smith (Ed.), Evolution and the fall (pp. 204-226) Grand Rapids, MI, United States: Eerdmans.

  • Harrison, Peter (2016). Evolution, providence, and the problem of chance. In Karl W. Giberson (Ed.), Abraham's dice: chance and providence in the monotheistic traditions (pp. 260-290) New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2016). Protestantism and the making of modern science. In Thomas Albert Howard and Mark A. Noll (Ed.), Protestantism after 500 years (pp. 98-120) New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2016). Religion, innovation and secular modernity. In Donald A. Yerxa (Ed.), Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners? (pp. 74-86) London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Harrison, Peter (2016). Religion, scientific naturalism and historical progress. In Donald A. Yerxa (Ed.), Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners? (pp. 87-99) London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Harrison, Peter (2016). The Bible and the emerging scientific world view. In Euan Cameron (Ed.), The New Cambridge history of the Bible (pp. 620-640) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CHO9781139048781.029

  • Harrison, Peter (2015). That religion has typically impeded the progress of science. In Ronald L. Numbers and Kostas Kampourakis (Ed.), Newton's apple and other myths about science (pp. 195-201) London, England: Harvard University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2014). "Wissenschaft" und "Religion": Das Konstuieren der Grenzen. In Christian Tapp and Christof Breitsameter (Ed.), Theology and the Natural Sciences (pp. 39-68) Berlin, Germany: Walter De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110318036.39

  • Harrison, Peter (2013). Laws of nature in seventeenth-century England: from Cambridge Platonism to Newtonianism. In Eric Watkins (Ed.), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives (pp. 127-148) New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2012). Early modern science and the idea of moral progress. In Donald A. Yerxa (Ed.), British abolitionism and the question of moral progress in history (pp. 139-153) Columbia, SC, United States: University of South Carolina Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2012). Laws of nature, moral order and the intelligibility of the cosmos. In Donald York, Owen Gingerich and Shuang-Nan Zhang (Ed.), The astronomy revolution: 400 years of exploring the cosmos (pp. 375-386) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2012). The 'Two Books'. In R. J. Berry (Ed.), The Lion Handbook of Science and Christianity (pp. 57-58) Oxford, United Kingdom: Lion Hudson.

  • Harrison, Peter (2012). The conflict thesis. In Robert James Berry (Ed.), The Lion Handbook of Science and Christianity (pp. xx-xx) Oxford, United Kingdom: Lion Hudson.

  • Harrison, Peter (2011). Adam Smith, natural theology, and the natural sciences. In Paul Oslington (Ed.), Adam Smith as theologian (pp. 77-91) New York, United States: Routledge.

  • Harrison, Peter and Lindberg, David C. (2011). Early Christianity. In John Hedley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers (Ed.), Science and religion around the world (pp. 67-91) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2011). Introduction. In Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers and Michael H. Shank (Ed.), Wrestling with nature: From omens to science (pp. 1-7) Chicago, IL, United States: University of Chicago Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2011). Natural history. In Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers and Michael H. Shank (Ed.), Wrestling with nature: From omens to science (pp. 117-148) Chicago, IL, United States: University of Chicago Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2010). The cultural authority of natural history in early modern Europe. In Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers (Ed.), Biology and ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins (pp. 11-35) Chicago, ILL, U.S.A.; London, U.K.: University of Chicago Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2010). Theology and matter theory in the early modern period. In Michael Fuller (Ed.), Matter and meaning: Is matter sacred or profane? (pp. 39-56) Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars.

  • Harrison, Peter (2009). Herbert Butterfield and the scientific revolution : Reassessing the Butterfield thesis. In Donald A. Yerxa (Ed.), Recent Themes in the History of Science and Religion (pp. 65-72) Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2009). Hermeneutics and natural knowledge in the reformers. In Jitse M. van der Meer, Scott Mandelbrote and Wim Janse (Ed.), Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic religions: Up to 1700 (pp. 341-362) Leiden, Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004171916.i-782.74

  • Harrison, Peter (2009). That Rene Descartes originated mind-body distinction. In Ronald L. Numbers (Ed.), Galileo goes to jail : And other myths about science and religion (pp. 107-114) Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

  • Harrison. Peter (2008). The development of the concept of the laws of nature. In Fraser Watts (Ed.), Creation: Law and probability (pp. 13-36) Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

  • Harrison, Peter (2007). "The fashioned image of poetry or the regular instruction of philosophy?": Truth, utility, and the natural sciences in early modern England. In Juliet Cummins and David Burchell (Ed.), Science, literature, and rhetoric in early modern England (pp. 15-36) Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

  • Harrison, Peter (2007). Natural theology, deism, and early modern science. In Arri Eisen and Gary Laderman (Ed.), Science, religion, and society : An encyclopedia of history, culture, and controversy (pp. 426-440) New York , NY, U.S.A.: M E Sharpe.

  • Harrison, Peter (2007). Philosophy and the crisis of religion. In James Hankins (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to Renaissance philosophy (pp. 234-249) Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CCOL052184648X.012

  • Harrison, Peter (2007). Reinterpreting nature in early modern Europe : Natural philosophy, biblical exegesis, and the contemplative life. In Kevin Killeen and Peter J. Forshaw (Ed.), The word and the world : Biblical exegesis and early modern science (pp. 25-44) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Harrison, Peter (2006). Disjoining wisdom and knowledge : Science, theology, and the making of western modernity. In Hubert Meisinger, Willem B. Drees and Zbigniew Liana (Ed.), Wisdom or knowledge? : Science, theology and cultural dynamics (pp. 51-72) London: T & T Clark International.

  • Harrison, Peter (2006). Having dominion : Genesis and the mastery of nature. In R. J. Berry (Ed.), Environmental stewardship : Critical perspectives, past and present (pp. 17-31) London: T & T Clark International.

  • Harrison, Peter (2006). The 'Book of nature' and early modern science. In Klaas van Berkel and Arie Johan Vanderjagt (Ed.), The book of nature in early modern and modern history (pp. 1-26) Leuven, Belgium: Peeters.

  • Harrison, Peter (2006). The natural philosopher and the virtues. In Conal Condren, Stephen Gaukroger and Ian Hunter. (Ed.), The philosopher in early modern Europe : The nature of a contested identity (pp. 202-228) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2005). Physico-theology and the mixed sciences : The role of theology in early modern natural philosophy. In Peter R. Anstey and John A. Schuster (Ed.), The science of nature in the seventeenth century (pp. 165-183) Dordrecht The Netherlands: Springer.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). "Priests of the Most High God, with respect to the book of nature": The vocational identity of the early modern naturalist. In Angus Menuge (Ed.), Reading God's world: The scientific vocation (pp. 55-80) St Louis, MO, United States: Concordia Publishing.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Design. In Jonathan Dewald (Ed.), Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (pp. II, 132-134) New York: Simon and Schuster.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Enthusiasm. In Jonathan Dewald (Ed.), Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the early modern world (pp. 308-310) New York, NY, United States: Scribners.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Morgan, Thomas (d 1743). In Oxford dictionary of national biography (pp. 147-149) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19239

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Noah’s flood and the Western imagination. In Paul Thom (Ed.), Flood: Essays across the current (pp. 1-28) Lismore, NSW, Australia: Southern Cross University Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Reading vital signs: Animals and the experimental philosophy. In Renaissance beasts: Of animals, humans, and other wonderful creatures (pp. 186-207) Urbana, Ill, United States: University of Illinois Press.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Science. In Hans J. Hillerbrand (Ed.), The encyclopedia of Protestantism (pp. 1669-1675) New York, United States: Routledge.

  • Harrison, Peter (2004). Was Newton a voluntarist?. In J. E. Force and S. Hutton (Ed.), Newton and Newtonianism: New studies (pp. 39-64) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  • Harrison, Peter (2003). Science, Origins of. In J. Wentzel van Huyssteen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of science and religion (pp. 779-782) New York, United States: Macmillan Reference.

  • Harrison, Peter (2001). Scaling the Ladder of Being: Theology and Early Modern Theories of Evolution. In R. Crocker (Ed.), Religion, Reason, and Nature in Early Modern Europe (pp. 199-224) Dordrecht: Kluwer.

  • Harrison, P. D. (2000). The influence of Cartesian cosmology in England. In Descartes' Natural Philosophy (pp. 168-192) London: Routledge.

  • Harrison, Peter (1998). Reading the passions: The fall, the passions, and dominion over nature. In Stephen Gaukroger (Ed.), The soft underbelly of reason: The passions in the seventeenth century (pp. 49-78) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

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