, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 355–362 | Cite as

Between complexity and harmony: Peter Harrison on science and religion

Peter Harrison: The territories of science and religion. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2015, xiii+300pp, $30 Cloth
  • Yiftach Fehige

Among the most intriguing interdisciplinary endeavours today is the academic investigation into the intricacies of the relationship between science and religion. Dixon (2008, 13–17) was the first to call this collaborative enterprise a field in its own right, and this rightly so, given the remarkable developments in the scholarly discussion about the relationship between science and religion (Fehige 2016b, 1–29). For example, ethnographic studies provide reasons to doubt the narrative of a victorious secularism in the scientific laboratory (Thomas 2016). Furthermore, the biggest interest group of the once deeply anti-theological and overtly science-oriented school of analytic philosophy is the Society of Christian Philosophers (Schellenberg 2009). Moreover, among political thinkers the awareness is growing that a liberal state deprives itself of potential sources of normativity if it favours science over religion in the public sphere by admitting only arguments that satisfy the...


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  1. 1.Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and TechnologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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