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Durham Emergence Project

Fellowship Programme

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.


Fellowship Projects

Project Leader

Project Title

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?
Fan Xiao

Emergent phenomena in magnetic systems showing quantum phase transitions

Jonathan Yates

J-Coupling: a rigorous definition of the emergent chemical bond