Order, complexity and purpose

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  • Artigas, M. The intelligibility of nature(Pamplona: Eunsa, 1995), chapter IV ("El orden natural"), pp. 231-304; chapter V ("La inteligibilidad de la naturaleza"), pp. 305-374.

  • Artigas, M. The mind of the universe(Pamplona: Eunsa, 2000), Part Two ("Self-organisation and divine action"), pp. 97-220.

  • Karol, M. Natural order and the human person (Pamplona: Eunsa, 2000), chapter I ("The Concept of Order"), pp. 23-40; chapter II ("Natural Order in the Sciences"), pp. 41-105; chapter III ("The Ontological Dimensions of Natural Order"), pp. 107-207.

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In the Dizionario interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede(Rome: Urbaniana University Press and Città Nuova, 2002), you will find the following entries, which cover a fairly complete overview of topic, and where you will find an extensive bibliography:

  • Biologia (pp. 215-226), by A. Guerritore

  • Chimica (pp. 227-237), by G. del Re

  • Complessità (pp. 259-265), by G. del Re

  • Determinism/Indeterminism (pp. 373-381), by A. Strumia

  • Finalità (pp. 652-664), by M. Artigas

  • Informazione (pp. 740-753), by E. Sarti

  • Leggi naturali (pp. 783-804), by G. Tanzella-Nitti

  • subject (pp. 849-866), by A. Strumia (available on line)

  • Materialism (pp. 866-875), by G. Morra

  • Meccanica (pp. 876-892), by A. Strumia (available on line)

  • Natura (pp. 1027-1043), by G. Monastra

  • Riduzionism (pp. 1231-1236), by J. Polkinghorne

An English version of some of the entries of the "Interdisciplinary Encyclopaedia of Religion and Science" (originally in Italian) are available at http://www.disf.org/en/default.asp.