In 2013 the Durham Emergence Project announced its 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.
After a rigorous application process thirteen projects were chosen for funding:
- Charles Adams, ‘Onset of emergence from the bottom up’
- Carl Gillett, ‘Exploring emergence in the brain/mind’
- Mihretu Guta, ‘Is consciousness emergent?’
- Fiona Macpherson (The Glasgow Emergence Project), ‘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 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’
For full details of the project please see here or follow the links above for individual project summaries.