Mind and Emergence From Quantum to Consciousness

ISBN-10: 0199291438

ISBN-13: 9780199291434

Edition: 2006

Authors: Philip 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 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.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
List of Illustrations
From Reduction to Emergence
The rise and fall of reductionism
The concept of emergence
The pre-history of the emergence concept
Weak and strong emergence
Strong emergence: C. D. Broad
Emergent evolution: C. L. Morgan
Strong emergence since 1960
Weak emergence: Samuel Alexander
The challenge of weak emergence
Conclusion
Notes
Defining Emergence
Introduction
The problem of definitions
Five different meanings of emergence
An example: emergence at the fourth level
Doubts about emergence
Diverging approaches to the science and philosophy of emergence
Downward causation
Emergence and physicalism
Conclusion: eight characteristics of emergence
Notes
Emergence in the Natural Sciences
Introduction
Physics to chemistry
Artificial systems
Biochemistry
The transition to biology
Emergence in evolution
Toward an emergentist philosophy of biology
Conclusion
Notes
Emergence and Mind
The transition from biology
The three levels of emergence
Introducing the problem of consciousness
The neural correlates of consciousness
Can studies of neural correlates solve the problem of consciousness?
Why consciousness remains the 'hard problem'
Weak supervenience and the emergence of mental properties
Toward an emergentist theory of mind
Assumptions and a wager
The science and phenomenology of agent causation
Person-based explanations and the social sciences
Conclusion
Notes
Emergence and Transcendence
Introduction
Mind and metaphysics
Four metaphysical responses to the emergence of mind
The presumption of naturalism
Is there an emergent level after mind?
The limits to possible scientific enquiry
What naturalistic explanations leave unexplained
Going beyond emergence
Trading mind-body dualism for theological dualism
Rethinking divine action
Integrating personhood and divine action
Closing objections
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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