Parts Behave Differently in Wholes


  • Kevin Schilbrack Appalachian State University



The Routledge Handbook of Emergence, A World beyond Physics, The Emergence and Evolution of Life, Emergence, Towards a New Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science


Sophie Gibb, Robin Findlay Hendry, and Tom Lancaster (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Emergence (New York: Routledge, 2019), 420pp., $245.00 (cloth), ISBN: 978-1138925083.

Stuart A. Kauffman, A World beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 151pp., $24.95 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0190871338.

Mariusz Tabaczek, Emergence: Towards a New Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2019), 396pp., $75.00 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0268104979.

Author Biography

Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University

Kevin Schilbrack, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University


Clayton, Philip, and Paul Davis (eds.). 2006. The Re-emergence of Emergence (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

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Kauffman, Stuart A. 2008. Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion (New York: Basic Books).

Schilbrack, Kevin. Under review. ‘Liturgical Groups, Religions, and Social Ontology’, in Aaron Simmons, Bruce Benson, and Neal DeRoo (eds.), Liturgies: Philosophical Explorations of Embodied Religious Practice.

Walker, Sara Imari. 2019. ‘A New Lens on Life’s Origins’, Nature 569:7754 (2 May): 36-38. Doi: DOI:



How to Cite

Schilbrack, K. (2022). Parts Behave Differently in Wholes. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 15(4), 517–525.



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