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Original Sin and the Problem of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
Humanities & Social Sciences papers
  • Peter Harrison, Bond University
Date of this Version
4-1-2002
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Details
Harrison, Peter (2002) ‘Original Sin and the Problem of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe’, Journal of the History of Ideas 63, pp. 239-59.

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Abstract

While historians such as Charles Webster have alluded to the ways in which the myth of an original perfect philosophy motivated projects for the advancement of learning in a rather general way, little attention has been paid to the manner in which early-modern views of the nature of the original fall from knowledge directly informed the methods of the new sciences, determined the scope of their enquiry, and provided ammunition for use against traditional learning. Harrison suggests that the biblical narrative of the Fall played a far more direct role in the development of early modern knowledge - both in England and on the Continent - than has often been assumed.

Citation Information
Peter Harrison. "Original Sin and the Problem of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe" (2002)
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