Vol 7 No 2: The “Beauty Fallacy”: Religion, science and the aesthetics of knowledge


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  • Book review. Finding beauty, goodness and truth in an ugly world 

    Illman, Ruth (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of Kimberly Vrudny's Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation (Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 2016).
  • Book review. Agency in image production 

    Cummins, Thomas (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of The Technical Image: A History of Styles in Scientific Imagery, eds. Horst Bredekamp, Vera Dünkel and Birgit Schneider (The University of Chicago Press in associ-ation with the Bard Graduate Center, New York City, 2015).
  • Book review. Thermodynamics and theology 

    Russell, Cathriona (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of Helge S. Kragh's Entropic Creation: Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology (London and New York, Routledge, 2016) (first published in 2008 by Ashgate).
  • Book review. The sublime 

    Weckman, Jan Kenneth (04.12.2017)
    Review of Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science, eds. Roald Hoffmann and Iain Boyd Whyte (New York, Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Book review. Connecting concepts, creating worlds 

    Smith, W. Alan (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of Aesthetics of Religion: A Connective Concept, eds. Alexandra Grieser and Jay Johnston, Religion and Reason, 58 (Berlin and Boston, de Gruyter, 2017).
  • Re-mapping life 

    Buiani, Roberta (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    In this paper, I discuss the significance of medical visualization in relation to recent creative practices that could dismantle, or at least redress, some of its most long-lasting tenets. In fact, driven by an almost ...
  • Beautiful destruction The aesthetic of apocalypse in Hans Dominik's early science fiction 

    Cirkel-Bartelt, Vanessa (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Though the term ‘science fiction’ was coined somewhat later, the early twentieth century saw an enormous rise in an interest in technological tales set in the near future, mirroring a general awareness of the growing ...
  • Symmetry, beauty and belief in high-energy physics 

    Borrelli, Arianna (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    This paper engages with the aesthetics of knowl-edge, both in its sense as the connection between knowledge and ‘aesthetic’ judgements of beauty, or ugliness, and of the many ‘aesthetic’ – that is to say sensually perceivable ...
  • Recent research on the aesthetics of knowledge in science and in religion 

    Borrelli, Arianna; Grieser, Alexandra (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    As an introduction to the case studies collected in the current special issue, this review article provides a brief, and by no means exhaustive, overview of research that proves to be relevant to the development of a concept ...
  • The 'Beauty Fallacy' Religion, science and the aesthetics of knowledge 

    Borrelli, Arianna; Grieser, Alexandra (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    The relationship between science and religion has been, and still is, the subject of much discussion, both among scholars of religion and among historians and philosophers of science. Despite the cultural and historical ...