About Peter Harrison

Formerly Professor of History and Philosophy
MA (Yale)
PhD (University of Qld)
MA (Oxford)
DLitt (Oxford)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA)
Current Australian Laureate Fellow, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland. Previously Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College (2011-12).
Peter Harrison studied Science and Arts at the University of Queensland before moving to the United States to take up a scholarship at Yale University to study philosophy and religion. On returning to Australia, he completed his PhD at the University of Queensland. He joined Bond University in its foundation year, 1989.
Peter Harrison has published extensively in the area of cultural and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. He is the author of 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment (Cambridge, 1990) The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge, 1998), the Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science (Cambridge, 2007), The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2010), Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago, 2012), The Territories of Science and Religion (Chicago, 2015). In 2003, Prof. Harrison was awarded a Centenary Medal for 'Service to Australian Society and the Humanities in the study of Philosophy and Religion', and in 2011 was the Gifford Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
His current research is focused mainly upon early-modern thought, and in particular on the interplay between scientific, philosophical, and religious ideas in the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.


Present Formerly Professor of History and Philosophy, The University of Queensland, Australia

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