Metanexus: Subject, Self, and Soul: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personhood

Roy Clouser: "A Blueprint for a Non-Reductionist Theory of Reality"

This paper examines the nature of religious beliefs, and then the relation between them and reduction claims. It finds that reduction claims either contain or presuppose the belief that whatever all else reduces to is divine, and are therefore examples of religious faith rather than theories. An argument is given to show that: 1) no such reduction claim is justifiable, and that 2) all such reduction claims are utterly devoid of explanatory power.

14 July 2008

# vimeo.com/10404497 Uploaded 2,151 Plays 0 Comments

Metanexus: Subject, Self, and Soul: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personhood

Metanexus Institute

The Metanexus 2008 conference was held July 13-16 in Madrid, Spain. The theme was "Subject, Self, and Soul."

MIHI QUAESTIO FACTUS SUM (I have become a question to myself.) Augustini Confessiones (liber X, caput xxxiii)

Who are we? Why are we…


+ More

The Metanexus 2008 conference was held July 13-16 in Madrid, Spain. The theme was "Subject, Self, and Soul."

MIHI QUAESTIO FACTUS SUM (I have become a question to myself.) Augustini Confessiones (liber X, caput xxxiii)

Who are we? Why are we here? In our age, it is science that purports to answer these ancient questions, while technology promises to make us even “more than human.” But despite our amazing scientific discoveries and technological powers, are we not still “a question to ourselves?” And what new questions about ourselves have been raised in our own times?

If we are truly to understand ourselves, our place in the cosmos, and our relation to each other and to the divine, we must adopt rich transdisciplinary approaches that cut across fields of knowledge, institutional boundaries, cultural borders, and religious traditions.

At the 9th annual Metanexus Conference philosophers, biologists, physicists, cosmologists, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, theologians, religious scholars and community leaders, historians and educators discussed these and other profound questions of what it means to be a person in a rapidly evolving and complex world.

Among the attendees were more than 200 representatives of the Metanexus Global Network of multidisciplinary Local Societies from over 40 countries.

Browse This Channel

Shout Box

Heads up: the shoutbox will be retiring soon. It’s tired of working, and can’t wait to relax. You can still send a message to the channel owner, though!

Channels are a simple, beautiful way to showcase and watch videos. Browse more Channels.