Prof Victoria HARRISON

Prof Victoria HARRISON

Full Professor
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Consultation Hours
Mondays 16:00 - 17:00 and Fridays 14:45 - 15:45

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Victoria Harrison is a graduate of Heythrop College, University of London (BA hons 1990, PhD 1997).

Research Interests

Victoria Harrison’s main research interests are in analytic philosophy of religion and, within that, on the issues generated by religious diversity. She also has interests in classical Indian and Chinese philosophies.

Victoria’s doctoral research (University of London, 1997) focused on the epistemology of religious belief and, in particular, on the role of exemplars in the acquisition of belief. She continues to expand on this work and now applies it within a range of practical contexts involving intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

Her interests extend to the relationship between philosophy and material culture, and she is active in the developing field of the philosophy of museums. Victoria’s research in this area explores the philosophical dimensions of the ways in which museums represent objects of interreligious or intercultural significance.

She is interested in supervising postgraduate work in the philosophy of religion, intercultural philosophy, and in the area of philosophy and museums.

Professional Experience

Victoria Harrison holds a full professorship in Philosophy. She joined the University of Macau in 2016 from the University of Glasgow (2005-2016). Prior to that she taught Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder (2001-2004), Birkbeck College, University of London (1998-2001), the University of Notre Dame’s London Centre (1998-2001), and Kingston University (1997-2001). At Glasgow she was Reader in Philosophy and Director of the Forum for Philosophy and Religion. She has published widely on the philosophy of religion, intercultural philosophy, and Asian philosophies.

Professional Affiliations

Victoria Harrison is on the executive committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion and of the European Society for the Philosophy of Religion. She is also a member of the Templeton Cluster Group on Religious Diversity, based at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt am Main. Victoria is on the Board of Directors of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP), City University, Hong Kong. There she is also a core member of the project Eastern and Western Conceptions of Oneness, Virtue, and Human Happiness (funded by the John Templeton Foundation).

Victoria serves on the Board of Associate Editors for the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (Springer) and on the Editorial Boards of Blackwell’s Philosophy Compass (Philosophy of Religion section) and Religious Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge University Press). She is also a member of the Advisory Board for The International Journal of Philosophy and Theology (Routledge).

Selected Publications
  • Victoria S. Harrison (ed) (2017), A History of Evil, volume 5, 1900-1950. General Editors, Chad Meister and Charles Taliaferro (London and New York: Routledge). Forthcoming.
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2016), ‘Mathematical Objects and the Object of Theology, Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion. Forthcoming.
  • Victoria S. Harrison, Anna Bergqvist and Gary Kemp (eds) (2016), Philosophy and Museums: Essays in the Philosophy of Museums (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2016), ‘Conceptual Metaphors and the Goals of Philosophy’, in Wisdom and Philosophy, edited by Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead (London: Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 205–222.
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2015), ‘Religious Pluralism’, in The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion, edited by Graham Oppy (London and New York: Routledge), pp. 257–269.
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2015), ‘Seeing the Dao: Conceptual Metaphors and Philosophy of Religion’, Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 51: 307–322.
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2013), Eastern Philosophy: The Basics (London and New York: Routledge). Second edition (2017), forthcoming.
  • Victoria S. Harrison, Charles Taliaferro and Stewart Goetz (eds) (2013), The Routledge Companion to Theism (London and New York: Routledge).
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2012), ‘An Internalist Pluralist Solution to the Problem of Religious and Ethical Diversity’, Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 51, 1: 71–86.
  • Victoria S. Harrison and Jake Chandler (eds) (2012), Probability in the Philosophy of Religion, edited with (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2011), ‘Philosophy of Religion, Fictionalism, and Religious Diversity’, The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion: 40th Anniversary Issue 68: 43–58.
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2011), ‘Embodied Values, Reason, and Christian-Muslim Dialogue: “Exemplar Reasoning” as a Model for Inter-Religious Conversations’, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 21: 20-35.
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2007), Religion and Modern Thought (London: SCM).
  • Victoria S. Harrison (2000), The Apologetic Value of Human Holiness, Studies in Philosophy and Religion, volume 21 (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic).