God's Order, Man's Order and the Order of Nature
Ever since the Scientific Revolution, natural philosophy and Christian natural theology have united to place man in a well-ordered universe, and with powerful argument. This image even survived quantum indeterminacy and chaos theory.
In the last decade, this 400-year old image has been powerfully challenged. Increasingly the traditional view of an ordered nature is being put into question by highly detailed (and naturally controversial) studies in the history, philosophy and sociology of science.
If this venerable view of nature breaks down, what effect does that have on our understanding of God and His relation to nature and to ourselves?
For the first time, this project will investigate the theological implications of the new images of nature. It will explore groundbreaking ideas about the order of nature as pictured through modern science and bring them to bear on well-established views of God, nature and man.
The 'Order' Project is a four year joint project between the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Philosophy Department at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
The project is supported by a grant from the Templeton Foundation.
New Publications by Professor Nancy Cartwright:
Evidence: For Policy and Wheresover Rigor Matters
(Published November 2013)