About the Project

Welcome to the website for ‘Emergence: From Biology to Theology’, a philosophical research project at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK.

The two-year research project, ‘Emergence: From Biology to Theology’, is funded by an award from the Uses and Abuses of Biology Grant Programme and is associated with the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Aberdeen.

The Project’s main aim is to provide the first sustained critical analysis of the uses and abuses of theories of emergence in contemporary theology. After an initial survey, identifying the ‘turn to emergence’ in contemporary theology, the Project carries out a detailed philosophical analysis which critically evaluates this recent theological phenomenon and its conceptual foundations. It endorses and develops the recent proposal, made by Sami Pihlström and colleagues, that the concept of emergence and the philosophical framework of emergentism be reconceptualised along pragmatist and Wittgensteinian philosophical lines. On the basis of this philosophical analysis the Project develops a positive proposal for the constructive application of the concept of emergence in philosophy of religion and theology. It is hoped that this final stage will identify future research questions and develop proposals for further work in this area.

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