The Durham Emergence Project supports a fellowship programme, supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Proposals were invited from either research teams or single researchers for scientific and philosophical research into the conceptual foundations and empirical possibility of strong emergence. Interdisciplinary proposals involving researchers from both philosophy and the sciences were particularly encouraged, as were proposals from early-career researchers.
Applications were invited for up to £50,000, for research projects lasting up to a year. Thirteen awards were made. Fellows need not spend all their funded research time at Durham University but would be welcome to do so, especially during July 2014 and 2015, when Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study will host key project events. Fellows are expected to attend the project’s final conference in July 2016, and contribute a paper to an edited collection addressing the project’s core research questions.
|Charles Adams||Onset of emergence from the bottom up|
|Carl Gillett||Exploring emergence in the brain/mind|
|Mihretu Guta||Is consciousness emergent?|
|Fiona Macpherson||Novel nature and downward causation in strongly emergent phenomena|
|Alexandru Manafu||The case of piezoelectricity|
|Patrick McGivern||How does changing from a levels-based framework to one based on scale affect central questions about strong emergence?|
|James Miller||Ontological emergence in language|
|Michele Paolini Paoletti||Causal relata, mental causation and downward causation|
|Francis (Olley) Pearson||Strong emergence|
|Juha Saatsi||Emergence and laws|
|Peter Wyss||Is there a coherent and plausible approach to strong emergence in terms of individuation?|