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Durham University

Durham Emergence Project

Fellowship


Exploring Emergence in the Brain/Mind: Strong Emergence in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience


Participants

Carl Gillett


Project Description

Carl Gillett used the teaching leave funded by the grant to pursue research on emergence in the neurosciences applying his general framework for emergence. In addition, he furthered his underlying research on the nature of “vertical” relations in the sciences, and hence including emergence, in two papers and an anthology.


Presentations of funded research:

• Durham Emergence Project Seminar Series, "Confronting our Brainhood and our Substantive Alienation," Durham University, UK, Durham, UK. (December 2015).

• Edinburgh Univ. Philosophy and Informatics Seminar, "Mutualism vs. Fundamentalism: Understanding the New Debates over Reduction and Emergence," Edinburgh University, UK, Edinburgh, UK. (December 2015).

• International Conference on Downward Causation, "Scientific Emergentism and its Move Beyond Downward Causation," Macerata Univ., Italy, Macerata, Italy. (September 2015).

• Workshop on the Metaphysics of Science, "Mutualism vs Fundamentalism: Understanding the New Debates over Reduction and Emergence," Rutgers Univ., Newark, Newark, NJ. (September 2015).

Publications:

• 2017: "Why the Foundational Question about Human Nature is Open and Empirical". In A. Fuentes and A. Visala (eds.) Verbs, Bones, and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature. Notre Dame University Press.

• 2016: "The Metaphysics of Nature, Science and the Rules of Engagement". In K. Aizawa and C. Gillett (eds.) Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Grounding.

• 2016: "Introduction: Understanding Verticality in Nature, Science and Metaphysics". In K. Aizawa and C. Gillett (eds.) Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Grounding. (With Kenneth Aizawa).

• 2016: Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (Co-edited with Kenneth Aizawa).