Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons

Hardcover | May 5, 2007

EditorNancey MurphybyWilliam R. Stoeger, SJ

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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 adeeper 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. Finallythere 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, andtheology.

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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 adeeper and richer appreciation of who we are ...

Nancey Murphy is Professor of Christian Philosphy at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena. William R. Stoeger, SJ is Staff Astrophysicist, Vatican Observatory, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:May 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204713

ISBN - 13:9780199204717

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Table of Contents

Nancey Murphy: IntroductionI. Philosophy1. 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 problem3. Robert Van Gulick: Who's in charge here? And who's doing all the work?4. Terrence Deacon: Three levels of emergent phenomenaII. Science5. George F. R. Ellis: Science, complexity, and the nature of existence6. Don Howard: Emergence in the physical sciences: lessons from the particle physics and condensed matter debate7. Martinez Hewlett: True to life? Biological models of origin and evolution8. Alwyn Scott: Nonlinear science and the cognitive hierarchy9. Warren S. Brown: The emergence of causally efficacious mental functionIII. Theology10. William R. Stoeger, SJ: Reductionism and emergence: implications for the theology and science dialogue11. John Haught: Emergence, scientific naturalism, and theology12. Arthur Peacocke: Emergent realities with causal efficacy - philosophical and theological applications13. Niels Henrik Gregersen: Reduction and emergence in artificial life: a theological appropriation14. Philip Clayton: Toward a constructive Christian theology of emergenceWilliam R. Stoeger, SJ: Postscript