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Durham Emergence Project
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The Durham Emergence Project (DEP) is an interdisciplinary research initiative involving collaboration between philosophers and physicists, made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.

Emergence, or dependent novelty, is of increasing interest to scientists and philosophers as a way of characterising relationships between complex entities and their parts, relationships between the sciences, and the place of the mind in the physical world. The aim of the project is to build on recent scientific and philosophical research, including recent mathematical methods in condensed matter physics, powers theories in the metaphysics of causation, and recent analyses of intertheory relations in the philosophy of science, to advance understanding of the possibility and plausibility of strong emergence.

A full project description can be found here.

Contact Details

Durham Emergence Project,
Department of Philosophy,
Durham University
50 Old Elvet

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 4594
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 6551