6 – 8 July 2015

Workshop #3: Physics and Emergence

to be held at Hatfield College, Durham University


Scientists and philosophers have developed a range of different mathematical and qualitative theoretical criteria for weak and strong emergence, but their mutual relevance is not always clear.

This workshop aims to develop the connections so as to bring out the scientific significance of the philosophical criteria and the philosophical significance of the scientific criteria. Discussion will focus on how mathematical and qualitative theoretical criteria for weak and strong emergence apply to specific physical systems and properties, as modelled in quantum and statistical mechanics. It will examine how these examples fit into the philosophical debate on emergence, reduction and the existence of downward causation.


Confirmed participants

Sir Michael Berry (University of Bristol)

Robert Bishop (Wheaton College)

Stephen Blundell University of Oxford)

George Darby (University of Oxford)

Viv Kenyon (Durham University)

Patrick McGivern (University of Wollongong)

Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh)

Darrell Rowbottom (Lingnan University)

Michael Silberstein (Elizabethtown College)