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Issues in Science and Religion: Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology

Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life?

Editors: Evers, D., Fuller, M., Jackelén, A., Sæther, K.-W. (Eds.)

  • Brings together leading international scholars from the fields of science, theology and philosophy
  • Offers a radically interdisciplinary approach to the most basic of questions: “What is Life?”
  • Inaugurates the ‘Issues in Science and Religion’ series between Springer and the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology
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This book explores the concept of Life from a range of perspectives. Divided into three parts, it first examines the concept of Life from physics to biology. It then presents insights on the concept from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and ethics. The book concludes with chapters on the hermeneutics of Life, and pays special attention to the Biosemiotics approach to the concept. The question ‘What is Life?’ has been deliberated by the greatest minds throughout human history. Life as we know it is not a substance or fundamental property, but a complex process. It is not an easy task to develop an unequivocal approach towards Life combining scientific, semiotic, philosophical, theological, and ethical perspectives. In its combination of these perspectives, and its wide-ranging scope, this book opens up levels and identifies issues which can serve as intersections for meaningful interdisciplinary discussions of Life in its different aspects. The book includes the four plenary lectures and selected, revised and extended papers from workshops of the 14th European Conference on Science and Theology (ECST XIV) held in Tartu, Estonia, April 2012.  

About the authors

Dirk Evers is Professor for Dogmatics and Philosophy of Religion at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Before joining Halle University in 2010 as a faculty member, he worked as assistant professor at Tübingen University under Eberhard Jüngel. Since his doctoral thesis on cosmology and doctrine of creation in 2000 he has been doing interdisciplinary work at the intersection of science and theology. He is trying to overcome traditional dichotomies by applying hermeneutical perspectives to the dialogue between science, the humanities and theology. Since 2014 he is president of ESSSAT (European Society for the Study of Science and Theology), and he is managing editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences. Michael Fuller is a Fellow of New College at the University of Edinburgh. He studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded a doctorate, and Theology at the University of Cambridge. He is an ordained Anglican priest, has served in churches in the dioceses of Oxford and Edinburgh, and is a Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. For 14 years he ran the training programmes for those entering ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He is the author and editor of a number of books and articles relating to the interactions of science and theology, and also relating to theological themes in literature and music. His research work focusses on contemporary theological apologetics. He is Chair of the Science and Religion Forum, and Vice-President for Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • From Physics to Semiotics

    Kauffman, Stuart

    Pages 3-19

  • Is Life Essentially Semiosis?

    Kirschenmann, Peter P.

    Pages 21-26

  • Life in the Open Air

    Szerszynski, Bronislaw

    Pages 27-41

  • Reflections on Life: Lessons from Evolutionary Biology, with Insights from Sergius Bulgakov

    Woloschak, Gayle E.

    Pages 43-56

  • Life in Terms of Nano-biotechnologies

    Magnin, Thierry (et al.)

    Pages 57-65

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life?
Editors
  • Dirk Evers
  • Michael Fuller
  • Antje Jackelén
  • Knut-Willy Sæther
Series Title
Issues in Science and Religion: Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-17407-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-17407-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-17406-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38622-5
Series ISSN
2364-5717
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 207
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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