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Evolution and Emergence : Systems, Organisms, Persons - Nancey Murphy

Evolution and Emergence

Systems, Organisms, Persons

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Published: 1st May 2007
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A collection of essays by experts in the field, exploring how nature works at every level to produce more complex and highly organized objects, systems, and organisms from much simpler components, and how our increasing understanding of this universal phenomenon of emergence can lead us to a deeper and richer appreciation of who we are as human beings and of our relationship to God. Several chapters introduce the key philosophical ideas about reductionism and emergence, while others explore the fascinating world of emergent phenomena in physics, biology, and the neurosciences. Finally there are contributions probing the meaning and significance of these findings for our general description of the world and ourselves in relation to God, from philosophy and theology. The collection as a whole will extend the mutual creative interaction among the sciences, philosophy, and theology.

All in all this is a fascinating collection of essays with differently nuanced positions on the vital themes of emergence, human personhood, and theological reflections thereon. Rodney Holder, Journal of Theological Studies

Nancey Murphy: Introduction I. Philosophy 1: Nancey Murphy: Reduction - how did we fall into it and can we emerge from it? 2: Robert Van Gulick: Reduction, emergence, and the mind/body problem 3: Robert Van Gulick: Who's in charge here? And who's doing all the work? 4: Terrence Deacon: Three levels of emergent phenomena II. Science 5: George F. R. Ellis: Science, complexity, and the nature of existence 6: Don Howard: Emergence in the physical sciences: lessons from the particle physics and condensed matter debate 7: Martinez Hewlett: True to life? Biological models of origin and evolution 8: Alwyn Scott: Nonlinear science and the cognitive hierarchy 9: Warren S. Brown: The emergence of causally efficacious mental function III. Theology 10: William R. Stoeger, SJ: Reductionism and emergence: implications for the theology and science dialogue 11: John Haught: Emergence, scientific naturalism, and theology 12: Arthur Peacocke: Emergent realities with causal efficacy - philosophical and theological applications 13: Niels Henrik Gregersen: Reduction and emergence in artificial life: a theological appropriation 14: Philip Clayton: Toward a constructive Christian theology of emergence William R. Stoeger, SJ: Postscript

ISBN: 9780199204717
ISBN-10: 0199204713
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st May 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.59