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08: Emergence in science and philosophy

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Hauptschule
Seminar / Seminar
in englischer Sprache

This seminar offers a comprehensive introduction to (i) the theoretical foundations and historical background of the concept of emergence, and its more recent application in various scientific and philosophical areas, which comprise: (ii) the role of the notion of  emergence in the philosophy of mind, particularly when debating the problem of phenomenal qualities, and in cognitive science, e.g. in robotics, neuronal networks, and artificial life; (iii) the prima facie tension of mechanisms and emergence in the life sciences, particularly in systems biology; (iv) emergent phenomena as studied in physics and chemistry; (v) the emergence of social phenomena; and (vi) an emergentist s perspective on the problem of free will.

1. A systematic perspective on the historical dimension of emergentism. (Stephan)
2. Emergence in the philosophy of mind and in cognitive science. (Stephan and Richardson)
3. Mechanisms and Emergence in the Life sciences, particularly in systems biology. (Richardson)
4. Emergence in the natural sciences: physics and chemistry. (Richardson)
5. Social phenomena and emergence? (Richardson and Stephan)
6. An emergentist s perspective on the problem of free will. (Stephan)

Vortragende

Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati Chair
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück Chair

Ph.D. Robert RICHARDSON

Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati

1977 M.A. and Ph.D. (with Honors), University of Chicago
1971 B.A. Magna Cum Laude, University of Colorado
2001-2004 Visiting Research Professor, Department of Molecular Cell Physiology, Free University of Amsterdam
2005 Mercator Guest Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück

Dr. Achim STEPHAN

Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück

 Studium der Philosophie, Mathematik, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik in Mannheim und Göttingen
1988 Promotion in Philosophie an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
1988-1993 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Rahmen des DFG-SPP "Kognition und Gehirn"
1991-1992 Gastwissenschaftler an der Rutgers University (NJ, USA)
1998 Habilitation für Philosophie an der Universität Karlsruhe
1998 Fellow des Hanse-Wissenschaftskollegs (HWK) in Delmenhorst
2000-2001 Gastprofessur für Philosophie am Humboldt-Studienzentrum der Universität Ulm
seit 2001 Professor für Philosophie der Kognition an der Universität Osnabrück
2002-2003 Forschungs-Gastprofessur für Wissenschaftsphilosophie an der VU Amsterdam
  Forschung (ZiF) in Bielefeld
2004-2005 Mitglied der Forschergruppe "Emotionen als bio-kulturelle Prozesse" am Zentrum für interdisziplinäre
  interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) in Bielefeld
2005-2006 Mitglied der Forschergruppe "Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines" am Zentrum für

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