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© Oxford University Press 2006. All rights reserved. This article provides an alternative to reductionism, and briefly indicates its potential for providing a powerful ontological, epistemological, and methodological framework for the science and religion dialogue. This alternative grows out of considering quantum mechanics - the extraordinarily paradoxical theory that is widely either misunderstood or ignored. This alternative is called the non-reductive intelligibility view. Although the discussion critiques emergent complexity, it holds that all alternatives to reductionism should continue to be rigorously developed. The article begins by explicating a common form of reductionism, 'compositional reductionism', and examines why quantum mechanics presents serious difficulties for it.


Collins, R. (2008, April 3). Contributions from the philosophy of science. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0021

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