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Durham University

Durham Emergence Project

Durham Emergence Project

project website

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

Scientists and philosophers are increasingly interested in emergence (dependent novelty) 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 project built 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.


The Routledge Handbook of Emergence

Among other publications, the Durham Emergence Project has produced the first full-length handbook on emergence (2019), edited by Sophie Gibb, Robin Findlay Hendry, and Tom Lancaster. It includes discussion of emergence by philosophers, physicists, and others from both Durham University and elsewhere.


Contact Details

Durham Emergence Project,
Department of Philosophy,
Durham University
50 Old Elvet
Durham
DH1 3HN

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

emergence.project@durham.ac.uk