Graduate studies at Western
Oxford University Press (2004)
|Abstract||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 and theology. 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 emergence does 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.|
|Keywords||Philosophical theology Philosophy of mind Consciousness Christianity Evolution Christianity|
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|Call number||BT55.C53 2004|
|ISBN(s)||0199272522 9780199291434 0199291438 9780199272525|
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