41. The Emergence of Persons

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. William Hasker

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch41

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Hasker, W. (2012) The Emergence of Persons, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch41

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. Huntington University, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455



  • emergence of persons, emergent dualism, emergentist materialism;
  • emergentist theory, on the nature of human persons needs;
  • traditional dualist views, Cartesian and Thomistic;
  • emergence, and the core idea;
  • emergence of novel causal powers;
  • view of the mind, as epiphenomenalism;
  • emergentist theory, for questions, recalcitrant to reductive materialism;
  • mental states, causally efficacious, by virtue of phenomenal properties;
  • unity-of-consciousness argument;
  • “ontology of immanent universals”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Alternatives to Emergence

  • Emergence and Its Varieties

  • Emergent Dualism and Emergentist Materialism

  • Evaluating the Two Emergentisms

  • Notes

  • References

  • Further Reading