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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Glasgow Emergence Project

Glasgow Emergence Project

Emergence, or dependent novelty, is a way of characterising relationships between complex entities and their parts, relationships between the sciences, and the place of the mind in the physical world. The aim of the project is to build on recent scientific and philosophical research to advance understanding of the possibility and plausibility of strong emergence. More specifically, the aim of the Glasgow Emergence Project is to examine two putatively problematic features of strongly emergent phenomena and how they are related: their novel nature and their capacity for ‘downward causation’.

By the end of the project we will have laid out different versions of emergence and its relation to dependence, realization and grounding. We will know which versions of it are coherent, and understand the causal implications of each of these relationships in light of our understanding of causal exclusion arguments.