What is Life? On Earth and Beyond

Losch, Andreas (ed.) (2017). What is Life? On Earth and Beyond. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

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Approaches from the sciences, philosophy and theology, including the emerging field of astrobiology, can provide fresh perspectives to the age-old question 'What is Life?'. Has the secret of life been unveiled and is it nothing more than physical chemistry? Modern philosophers will ask if we can even define life at all, as we still don't know much about its origins here on Earth. Others regard life as something that cannot simply be reduced to just physics and chemistry, while biologists emphasize the historical component intrinsic to life on Earth. How can theology constructively interpret scientific findings? Can it contribute constructively to scientific discussions? Written for a broad interdisciplinary audience, this probing volume discusses life, intelligence and more against the background of contemporary biology and the wider contexts of astrobiology and cosmology. It also considers the challenging implications for science and theology if extraterrestrial life is discovered in the future.

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Systematic Theology [discontinued] > Dogmatics and the History of Philosophy [discontinued]
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Biblical Studies [discontinued] > Languages [discontinued]

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Losch, Andreas


100 Philosophy
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
500 Science > 520 Astronomy
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology




Cambridge University Press




Andreas Losch

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13 Oct 2017 17:37

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23 Oct 2017 09:41

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