The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion

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This volume introduces readers to emergence theory, outlines the major arguments in its defence, and summarizes the most powerful objections against it. It provides the clearest explication yet of this exciting new theory of science, which challenges the reductionist approach by proposing the continuous emergence of novel phenomena.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199287147
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Claremont School of Theology

Macquarie University, Sydney

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Table of Contents

1. Conceptual Foundations of Emergence Theory, Philip Clayton
I. The Physical Sciences
2. The Physics of Downward Causation, Paul Davies
3. The Emergence of Classicality from Quantum Theory, Erich Joos
4. On the Nature of Emergent Reality, George F. R. Ellis
II. The Biological Sciences
5. Emergence: The Hole at the Wheel's Hub, Terrence Deacon
6. The Role of Emergence in Biology, Lynn Rothschild
7. Emergence in Social Evolution: A Great Ape Example, Barbara Smuts
III. Consciousness and Emergence
8. Being Realistic about Emergence, Jaegwon Kim
9. In Defence of Ontological Emergence and Mental Causation, Michael Silberstein
10. Emergence and Mental Causation, Nancey Murphy
11. Varieties of Emergence, David Chalmers
IV. Religion and Emergence
12. Emergence, Mind, and Divine Action: The Hierarchy of the Sciences in Relation to the Human Mind-Brain-Body, Arthur Peacocke
13. Emergence: What is at Stake for Religious Reflection?, Niels Henrik Gregersen
14. Emergence from Quantum Physics to Religion: A Critical Appraisal, Philip Clayton

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