Mind and Emergence : From Quantum to Consciousness Paperback / softback
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 theproblem 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 constructivetheology consistent with the new sciences of emergence.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 248 pages, 13 figures
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 01/03/2006
- Category: Philosophy of mind
- ISBN: 9780199291434