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- DescriptionThe concept of emergence has seen a significant resurgence in philosophy and the sciences, yet debates regarding emergentist and reductionist visions of the natural world continue to be hampered by imprecision or ambiguity. Emergent phemena are said to arise out of and be sustained by more basic phemena, while at the same time exerting a top-down control upon those very sustaining processes. To some critics, this has the air of magic, as it seems to suggest a kind of circular causality. Other critics deem the concept of emergence to be objectionably anti-naturalistic. Objections such as these have led many thinkers to construe emergent phemena instead as coarse-grained patterns in the world that, while calling for distinctive concepts, do t disrupt the ordinary dynamics of the finer-grained (more fundamental) levels. Yet, reconciling emergence with a (presumed) pervasive causal continuity at the fundamental level can seem to deflate emergence of its initially profound significance. This basic problematic is mirrored by similar controversy over how best to characterize the opposite systematizing impulse, most commonly given an equally evocative but vague term, reductionism. The original essays in this volume help to clarify the alternatives: inadequacies in some older formulations and arguments are exposed and new lines of argument on behalf the two visions are advanced.
- Author BiographyTimothy O'Connor is professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University and a member of its Cognitive Sciences Program. Antonella Corradini is Professor of Philosophy of the Human Sciences and of Philosophical Anthropology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication04/06/2010
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleRoutledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 6
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note21 black & white line drawings
- Weight566 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byAntonella Corradini,Timothy O'Connor
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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