Mind and Emergence
From Quantum to Consciousness
By (author) Philip Clayton
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Mind and Emergence by Philip Clayton
Book DescriptionStrong 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 DetailsISBN: 9780199291434
(215mm x 139mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philip Clayton
Panentheism across the World's Traditions, Hardback (January 2014)
Loriliai Biernacki and Philip Clayton offer a collection of groundbreaking new essays on panentheism. Not to be confused with pantheism-the ancient Greek notion that God is everywhere-panentheism suggests that God exists both in the world and beyond the confines of mere matter.
Predicament of Belief, Paperback (May 2013)
Can it make sense for someone who appreciates the explanatory power of modern science to continue believing in a traditional religious account of the ultimate nature and purpose of our universe?
Re-emergence of Emergence, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Philip Clayton
This volume introduces readers to emergence theory, outlines the major arguments in its defence, and summarizes the most powerful objections against it. It provides the clearest explication yet of this exciting new theory of science, which challenges the reductionist approach by proposing the continuous emergence of novel phenomena.
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Author Biography - Philip Clayton
Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology; Professor of Philosophy and of Religion, Claremont Graduate University.
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