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Peter Harrison
University of Queensland
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    Theodicy and Animal Pain.Peter Harrison - 1989 - Philosophy 64 (247):79 - 92.
    The existence of evil is compatible with the existence of God, most theists would claim, because evil either results from the activities of free agents, or it contributes in some way toward their moral development. According to the ‘free-will defence’, evil and suffering are necessary consequences of free-will. Proponents of the ‘soul-making argument’—a theodicy with a different emphasis—argue that a universe which is imperfect will nurture a whole range of virtues in a way impossible either in a perfect world, or (...)
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    Adam Smith and the History of the Invisible Hand.Peter Harrison - 2011 - Journal of the History of Ideas 72 (1):29-49.
  3. Adam Smith, Natural Theology, and the Natural Sciences.Peter Harrison - 2011 - In Paul Oslington (ed.), Adam Smith as Theologian. Routledge.
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  4. A Scientific Buddhism?Peter Harrison - 2010 - Zygon 45 (4):861-869.
    This essay endorses the argument of Donald Lopez's Buddhism and Science and shows how the general thesis of the book is consonant with other historical work on the “discovery” of Buddhism and on the emergence of Western conceptions of religion. It asks whether one of the key claims of Buddhism and Science—that Buddhism pays a price for its flirtation with the modern sciences—might be applicable to science-and-religion discussions more generally.
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  5. Do Animals Feel Pain?: Peter Harrison.Peter Harrison - 1991 - Philosophy 66 (255):25-40.
    In an oft-quoted passage from The Principles of Morals and Legislation, Jeremy Bentham addresses the issue of our treatment of animals with the following words: ‘the question is not, Can they reason? nor, can they talk? but, Can they suffer?’ The point is well taken, for surely if animals suffer, they are legitimate objects of our moral concern. It is curious therefore, given the current interest in the moral status of animals, that Bentham's question has been assumed to be merely (...)
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    Voluntarism and Early Modern Science.Peter Harrison - 2002 - History of Science 40 (1):63-89.
  7. 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment.Peter Harrison - 1992 - Religious Studies 28 (1):122-123.
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    Naturalism and the Success of Science.Peter Harrison - forthcoming - Religious Studies:1-18.
    Methodological naturalism is usually regarded as compatible with a range of religious commitments on the part of scientific practitioners and it is typically assumed that methodological naturalism does not imply metaphysical naturalism. Against this, it has been argued that the cumulative success of the sciences, conducted in conformity with the principle of methodological naturalism, actually provides compelling evidence for the truth of metaphysical naturalism. In this article I assess the argument for naturalism from the history of science and suggest that (...)
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    Experimental Religion and Experimental Science in Early Modern England.Peter Harrison - 2011 - Intellectual History Review 21 (4):413-433.
  10. Descartes on Animals.Peter Harrison - 1992 - Philosophical Quarterly 42 (167):219-227.
    Did Descartes deny that animals can feel? While it has generally been assumed that he did, there has been some confusion over the fact that Descartes concedes to animals both sensations and passions'. John Cottingham, for example, has argued that while Descartes did insist that animals were automata, denying them thought and "self"-consciousness, none of these assertions entail the conclusion that animals do not feel. This paper examines both Cottingham's arguments and the relevant sections of Descartes' writings, concluding that Descartes (...)
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    The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion.Peter Harrison (ed.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Explores the historical relations between science and religion and discusses contemporary issues with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology and bioethics.
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    Francis Bacon, Natural Philosophy, and the Cultivation of the Mind.Peter Harrison - 2012 - Perspectives on Science 20 (2):139-158.
    This paper suggests that Bacon offers an Augustinian (rather than a purely Stoic) model of the “culture of the mind.” He applies this conception to natural philosophy in an original way, and his novel application is informed by two related theological concerns. First, the Fall narrative provides a connection between the cultivation of the mind and the cultivation of the earth, both of which are seen as restorative of an original condition. Second, the fruit of the cultivation of the mind (...)
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    Newtonian Science, Miracles, and the Laws of Nature.Peter Harrison - 1995 - Journal of the History of Ideas 56 (4):531 - 553.
    Newton, along with a number of other seventeenth-century scientists, is frequently charged with having held an inconsistent view of nature and its operations, believing on the one hand in immutable laws of nature, and on the other in divine interventions into the natural order. In this paper I argue that Newton, William Whiston, and Samuel Clarke, came to understand miracles, not as violations of laws of nature, but rather as beneficent coincidences which were remarkable either because they were unusual, or (...)
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    Investigating the Importance of Self-Theories of Intelligence and Musicality for Students' Academic and Musical Achievement.Daniel Müllensiefen, Peter Harrison, Francesco Caprini & Amy Fancourt - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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    Original Sin and the Problem of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe.Peter Harrison - 2002 - Journal of the History of Ideas 63 (2):239-259.
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    Curiosity, Forbidden Knowledge, and the Reformation of Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England.Peter Harrison - 2001 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:265-290.
    [Introduction]: Curiosity is now widely regarded, with some justification, as a vital ingredient of the inquiring mind and, more particularly, as a crucial virtue for the practitioner of the pure sciences. We have become accustomed to associate curiosity with innocence and, in its more mature manifestations, with the pursuit of truth for its own sake. It was not always so. The sentiments expressed in Sir John Davies's poem, published on the eve of the seventeenth century, paint a somewhat different picture. (...)
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    Animal Souls, Metempsychosis, and Theodicy in Seventeenth-Century English Thought.Peter Harrison - 1993 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (4):519-544.
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    Linnaeus as a Second Adam? Taxonomy and the Religious Vocation.Peter Harrison - 2009 - Zygon 44 (4):879-893.
    Swedish naturalist Carl von Linné (1707–1778) became known during his lifetime as a "second Adam" because of his taxonomic endeavors. The significance of this epithet was that in Genesis Adam was reported to have named the beasts—an episode that was usually interpreted to mean that Adam possessed a scientific knowledge of nature and a perfect taxonomy. Linnaeus's soubriquet exemplifies the way in which the Genesis narratives of creation were used in the early modern period to give religious legitimacy to scientific (...)
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    The Virtues of Animals in Seventeenth-Century Thought.Peter Harrison - 1998 - Journal of the History of Ideas 59 (3):463-484.
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    Beliefs, Lebensformen, and Conceptual History.Peter Harrison - 2016 - Metascience 25 (3):363-370.
    Book Symposium on The Territories of Science and Religion (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The author responds to review essays by John Heilbron, Stephen Gaukroger, and Yiftach Fehige.
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    Voluntarism and the Origins of Modern Science: A Reply to John Henry.Peter Harrison - 2009 - History of Science 47 (2):223-231.
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    Prophecy, Early Modern Apologetics, and Hume's Argument Against Miracles.Peter Harrison - 1999 - Journal of the History of Ideas 60 (2):241 - 256.
    Hume’s "Of Miracles" concludes with the claim that prophecies, too, are miracles, and as such are susceptible to the same arguments which apply to miracles. However, both Hume and his commentators have overlooked the distinctive features of prophecy. Hume’s chief objection to miracles--that one is never justified in crediting second-hand testimony to miraculous events--does not necessarily apply to the argument from fulfilled prophecies as it was understood in the eighteenth century. Neither was prophecy necessarily thought to entail any breach of (...)
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    The Modern Invention of “Science‐and‐Religion”: What Follows?Peter Harrison - 2016 - Zygon 51 (3):742-757.
    I am grateful to the four reviewers of The Territories of Science and Religion for their careful and insightful readings of the book, and their kind words about it. They all got the central arguments pretty much right, and thus any critical comments are not the result of fundamental misunderstandings. While there are some common themes in the assessments, each reviewer, happily, has offered a distinct perspective on the book. For this reason I will deal with their comments in turn, (...)
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  24. Curiosity, Forbidden Knowledge, and the Reformation of Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England.Peter Harrison - 2001 - Isis 92 (2):265-290.
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    Science and Dissent.Peter Harrison - 2006 - Minerva 44 (2):223-227.
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    Andrews, Naomi J.:“La Mère Humanité”: Femininity in the Romantic Socialism of Pierre Leroux and the Abbé A.-L. Constant........... Boyle, Marjorie O'Rourke: Pure of Heart: From Ancient Rites to Renaissance Plato..................................... [REVIEW]Craig Brandist, James G. Buickerood, James E. Crimmins, Jonathan Elukin, Matt Erlin, Matthew R. Goodrum, Paul Guyer, Leor Halevi, Neil Hargraves & Peter Harrison - 2002 - Journal of the History of Ideas 63 (1):745-746.
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    Hume's Abject Failure: The Argument Against Miracles. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (4):592-594.
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    Narratives of Secularization.Peter Harrison - 2017 - Intellectual History Review 27 (1):1-6.
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    God and Animal Minds A Response to Lynch.Peter Harrison - 1996 - Sophia 35 (2):67-78.
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    Margaret J. Osler. Reconfiguring the World: Nature, God, and Human Understanding From the Middle Ages to Early Modern Europe. X + 184 Pp., Illus., Index. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. $25. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2011 - Isis 102 (4):749-750.
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    Kenneth James Howell. God’s Two Books: Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science. Viii + 360 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Index. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001. $39.95. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2002 - Isis 93 (3):482-483.
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    Science and Secularization.Peter Harrison - 2017 - Intellectual History Review 27 (1):47-70.
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    A Theory of Legislation From a Systems Perspective.Peter Harrison - unknown
    In this thesis I outline a view of primary legislation from a systems perspective. I suggest that systems theory and, in particular, autopoietic theory, as modified by field theory, is a mechanism for understanding how society operates. The description of primary legislation that I outline differs markedly from any conventional definition in that I argue that primary legislation is not, and indeed cannot be, either a law or any of the euphemisms that are usually accorded to an enactment by a (...)
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    Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2002 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 93:120-121.
    In recent years historians of science have come to an increasing appreciation of the role played by such moral and affective categories as “trust,” “wonder,” “pedantry,” and “self‐discipline” in the knowledge‐making enterprises of the early modern period. Barbara Benedict's book on curiosity is a most welcome contribution to the literature devoted to such topics. In a lively and entertaining work, Benedict sets out to “analyse literary representations of the way curious people, including scientists, authors, performers, and readers, were engaged in (...)
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    What Was Historical About Natural History? Contingency and Explanation in the Science of Living Things.Peter Harrison - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 58:8-16.
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    Beliefs, Lebensformen.Peter Harrison - forthcoming - Metascience:1-8.
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    Stephen Gaukroger. The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680–1760. X + 505 Pp., Bibl., Index. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. $65. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2013 - Isis 104 (4):843-845.
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    Steven Matthews. Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon. Ix + 150 Pp., Apps., Bibl., Index. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2008. £50. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2009 - Isis 100 (3):660-661.
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    The Secularization of the European Mind in the 19th Century.Peter Harrison - 1993 - History of European Ideas 17 (1):123-124.
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    God and Animal Minds.Peter Harrison - 1996 - Sophia 35 (2):67-78.
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    Introduction: Evolution and Historical Explanation.Peter Harrison & Ian Hesketh - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 58:1-7.
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    Historia’s History.Peter Harrison - 2007 - Metascience 16 (2):321-325.
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    Two Books: Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2002 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 93:482-483.
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    The Neo-Cartesian Revival: A Response.Peter Harrison - 1993 - Between the Species 9 (2):5.
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    „Wissenschaft“¹ und „Religion“: Das Konstruieren der Grenzen.Peter Harrison - 2014 - In Christof Breitsameter & Christian Tapp (eds.), Theologie Und Naturwissenschaften. De Gruyter. pp. 39-68.
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    Barbara M. Benedict. Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry. X + 321 Pp., Frontis., Illus., Index.Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2001. $45. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2002 - Isis 93 (1):120-121.
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    Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2009 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 100:660-661.
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    The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680–1760. [REVIEW]Peter Harrison - 2013 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 104:843-845.
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    Philosophy and the Crisis of Religion.Peter Harrison - 2007 - In James Hankins (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 234--249.
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  50. Science, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism.Peter Harrison - 2016 - Isis 107 (3):587-591.
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