David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 151 (3):511 - 517 (2006)
Rom Harré thinks that the Emergence–Reduction debate, conceived as a vertical problem, is partly ill posed. Even if he doesn’t wholly reject the traditional definition of an emergent property as a property of a collection but not of its components, his point is that this definition doesn’t exhaust all the dimensions of emergence. According to Harré there is another kind (or dimension) of emergence, which we may call—somewhat paradoxically—“horizontal emergence”: two properties of a substance are horizontally emergent relative to each other if they cannot be displayed in the same conditions. Contrary to vertical emergence, horizontal emergence is a symmetrical relation. Harré endorses horizontal emergentism. I argue that this position faces a principled difficulty: it makes it impossible to bind different horizontally emergent discourses in an interesting way. Physics and biology for example become “island” discourses, each speaking of a distinct kind of entities. The only way to ensure that two different discourses can relate to the same entity is to reintroduce verticality into the picture.
|Keywords||Affordance Bohr Complementarity Emergence Harré Reduction|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
James Van Cleve (1985). Three Versions of the Bundle Theory. Philosophical Studies 47 (1):95 - 107.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Patrick McGivern & Alexander Rueger (2010). Emergence in Physics. In Antonella Corradini & Timothy O'Connor (eds.), Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Routledge 6--213.
J. Butterfield (2011). Emergence, Reduction and Supervenience: A Varied Landscape. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 41 (6):920-959.
Rom Harré (2005). Transcending the Emergence/Reduction Distinction: The Case of Biology. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 80 (56):1-.
Paul W. Humphreys (1997). How Properties Emerge. Philosophy of Science 64 (1):1-17.
Ausonio Marras (2006). Emergence and Reduction: Reply to Kim. Synthese 151 (3):561-569.
William C. Wimsatt (1997). Aggregativity: Reductive Heuristics for Finding Emergence. Philosophy of Science 64 (4):372-84.
Jaegwon Kim (2006). Emergence: Core Ideas and Issues. Synthese 151 (3):547-559.
Rom Harre (2006). Resolving the Emergence-Reduction Debate. Synthese 151 (3):499-509.
Rom Harré (2006). Resolving the Emergence-Reduction Debate. Synthese 151 (3):499-509.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads72 ( #59,517 of 1,907,354 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #275,486 of 1,907,354 )
How can I increase my downloads?