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

Offers an authoritative introduction to the entire field of emergence studies
Presents the most recent literature and conclusions, in a thoroughly readable style
Bridges the classical divide between the `two cultures' of the sciences and the humanities and engages the growing field of science and religion

By: Philip Clayton (Editor), Paul Davies (Editor)

330 pages, 41 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 2008 | #176221 | ISBN-13: 9780199544318
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Hardback | Jun 2006 | #224593 | ISBN: 0199287147
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About this book

Much of the modern period was dominated by a 'reductionist' theory of science. On this view, to explain any event in the world is to reduce it down to fundamental particles, laws, and forces. In recent years reductionism has been dramatically challenged by a radically new paradigm called 'emergence'. According to this new theory, natural history reveals the continuous emergence of novel phenomena: new structures and new organisms with new causal powers. Consciousness is yet one more emergent level in the natural hierarchy. Many theologians and religious scholars believe that this new paradigm may offer new insights into the nature of God and God's relation to the world.

The Re-emergence of Emergence introduces readers to emergence theory, outlines the major arguments in its defence, and summarizes the most powerful objections against it. Written by experts but suitable as an introductory text, these essays provide the best available presentation of this exciting new field and its potentially momentous implications.

"The book edited by Clayton and Davies gathers fourteen contributions of great scientific and philosophical quality, signed by the best scholars working in that field."
– Lluis Oviedo, European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSAT)


Contents

1: Philip Clayton: Conceptual Foundations of Emergence Theory

I. The Physical Sciences
2: Paul Davies: The Physics of Downward Causation
3: Erich Joos: The Emergence of Classicality from Quantum Theory
4: George F. R. Ellis: On the Nature of Emergent Reality

II. The Biological Sciences
5: Terrence Deacon: Emergence: The Hole at the Wheel's Hub
6: Lynn Rothschild: The Role of Emergence in Biology
7: Barbara Smuts: Emergence in Social Evolution: A Great Ape Example

III. Consciousness and Emergence
8: Jaegwon Kim: Being Realistic about Emergence
9: Michael Silberstein: In Defence of Ontological Emergence and Mental Causation
10: Nancey Murphy: Emergence and Mental Causation
11: David Chalmers: Varieties of Emergence

IV. Religion and Emergence
12: Arthur Peacocke: Emergence, Mind, and Divine Action: The Hierarchy of the Sciences in Relation to the Human Mind-Brain-Body
13: Niels Henrik Gregersen: Emergence: What is at Stake for Religious Reflection?
14: Philip Clayton: Emergence from Quantum Physics to Religion: A Critical Appraisal


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Biography

Edited by Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology; Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Claremont Graduate University, and Paul Davies, Professor of Natural Philosophy, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University, Sydney


Contributors:
Philip Clayton
Paul Davies
Erich Joos
George F. R. Ellis
Terrence Deacon
Lynn Rothschild
Barbara Smuts
Jaegwon Kim
Michael Silberstein
Nancey Murphy
David Chalmers
Arthur Peacocke
Niels Henrik Gregersen
Philip Clayton

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