Does Emergence Help in Defending Religious Belief?

Pihlström, Sami (2003) Does Emergence Help in Defending Religious Belief? In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 280-282.


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The concept of emergence has gained some popularity in the philosophy of mind and in metaphysico-epistemological explorations of our current scientific worldview. This concept is used to indicate that the �higher� levels of reality (e.g., mentality, normativity) cannot be reduced to the �lower� ones (particularly the physical or physico-chemical level, as studied by physics and other natural sciences). Emergent properties are properties of a complex system that cannot be deduced from (what is known about) the properties of the parts of the system. Roughly, the idea is to save such things as mentality (consciousness), normativity, and cultural entities from the threatening reduction or elimination dreamed of by more extreme physicalists.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emergence; Religious Believe; antireductionism; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Religionsphilosophie, Religionskritik
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2008 07:41
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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