Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness

Paperback | May 12, 2006

byPhilip Clayton

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Strong claims have been made for emergence as a new paradigm for understanding science, consciousness, and religion. Tracing the past history and current definitions of the concept, Clayton assesses the case for emergent phenomena in the natural world and their significance for philosophy andtheology. Complex emergent phenomena require irreducible levels of explanation in physics, chemistry and biology. This pattern of emergence suggests a new approach to the problem of consciousness, which is neither reducible to brain states nor proof of a mental substance or soul. Although emergencedoes not entail classical theism, it is compatible with a variety of religious positions. Clayton concludes with a defence of emergentist panentheism and a Christian constructive theology consistent with the new sciences of emergence.

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Strong claims have been made for emergence as a new paradigm for understanding science, consciousness, and religion. Tracing the past history and current definitions of the concept, Clayton assesses the case for emergent phenomena in the natural world and their significance for philosophy andtheology. Complex emergent phenomena require...

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology; Professor of Philosophy and of Religion, Claremont Graduate University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:May 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199291438

ISBN - 13:9780199291434

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1. From Reduction to Emergence2. Defining Emergence3. Emergence in the Natural Sciences4. Emergence and Mind5. Emergence and Transcendence

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`Review from previous edition Endorsement: Philip Clayton provides here a carefully considered and closely argued defence of the idea of strong emergence in relation to both the natural sciences and the human mind. The erudite argument is well-grounded in the relevant literature and solidlyrelated to the evolutionary process whereby complexity has come into being. The book will be an indispensable reading for those concerned with the `big questions' related to the human mind, such as issues of agency and freedom.'George Ellis, University of Cape Town