Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life?

  • Dirk Evers
  • Michael Fuller
  • Antje Jackelén
  • Knut-Willy Sæther

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. From Physics to Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stuart Kauffman
      Pages 3-19
    3. Peter P. Kirschenmann
      Pages 21-26
    4. Bronislaw Szerszynski
      Pages 27-41
    5. Thierry Magnin, Fabien Revol
      Pages 57-65
  3. Concepts of Life in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

  4. The Hermeneutics of Life

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-207

About this book


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.


Arts, religion and science Culture, religion and science Evolution and creation Interdisciplinary dialogue Philosophy and culture Science and religion Science and theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Evers
    • 1
  • Michael Fuller
    • 2
  • Antje Jackelén
    • 3
  • Knut-Willy Sæther
    • 4
  1. 1.Martin-Luther-University, Halle-WittenbergHalle/SaaleGermany
  2. 2.University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Church of SwedenUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17406-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17407-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-5717
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-5725
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