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Conjunctive Explanations in Science and Religion



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ISBN 9781032139685
February 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates the nature and relevance of conjunctive explanations in the context of science and religion. It explores questions concerning how scientific and religious explanations for features of the world or phenomena within it relate to each other and whether they might work together in mutually enriching ways. The chapters address topics including the relationship between Darwinian and teleological explanations, non-reductive explanations of mind and consciousness, and explanations of Christian faith and religious experience, while others explore theological and philosophical issues concerning the nature and feasibility of conjunctive explanations. Overall, the contributions help to provide conceptual clarity on how scientific and religious explanations might or might not work together conjunctively as well as exploring how these ideas relate to specific topics in science and religion more generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Diarmid A. Finnegan, David H. Glass, Mikael Leidenhag and David N. Livingstone

CONVERSATION I Explanation in Science and Religion

1 Conjunctive Explanations: How Science and Religion Can Work Together

David H. Glass

Response

Aku Visala

2 Agents as Difference Makers, Or Why Many Human Actions Have Mental Causes

Aku Visala

Response

David H. Glass

CONVERSATION II Designing Darwinism

3 The Telos of Darwin’s Troubling Metaphor: Darwin’s Pigeons, Dennett’s Cranes, Fodor’s Granny

David N. Livingstone

Response

E. V. Rope Kojonen

4 Asa Gray vs. Charles Darwin: Evaluating the Darwinian Case Against Conjunctive Explanations

E. V. Rope Kojonen

Response

David N. Livingstone

CONVERSATION III Irreducibilities, Material and Mental

5 God, Consciousness, and Conjunctive Explanations

Joanna Leidenhag

Response

Tom Mcleish

6 Complementary Causation and Emergence: A Substrate for Conjunctive Explanations

Tom Mcleish

Response

Joanna Leidenhag

CONVERSATION IV Divine Causes and Mental Beliefs

7 A Conjunctive Explanation About Psychopathology? Hearing Voices, Psychosis and Religious Experience

Anastasia Philippa Scrutton

Response

Andrew Torrance

8 A Conjunctive Explanation of the Mental Phenomenon of Christian Faith

Andrew Torrance

Response

Anastasia Philippa Scrutton

CONVERSATION V The (Im)possibility of Theological Explanations

9 Are Theological Explanations Superfluous? The Cognitive Science of Religion and Ockham’s Razor

Gijsbert Van Den Brink

Response

David O. Brown

10 A Re-Evaluation of Non-Overlapping Magisteria

David O. Brown

Response

Gijsbert Van Den Brink

CONVERSATION VI Explanatory Virtues: Theological Explorations

11 John Polkinghorne on Conjunctive Explanation

Stephen N. Williams

Response

Alister Mcgrath

12 An Explanatory Mosaic

Alister Mcgrath

Response

Stephen N. Williams

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Editor(s)

Biography

Diarmid A. Finnegan is a Reader in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

David H. Glass is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.

Mikael Leidenhag is a Research Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

David N. Livingstone is a Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.