David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Antonella Corradini & Timothy O'Connor (eds.), Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Routledge. 6--213 (2010)
We examine cases of emergent behavior in physics, and argue for an account of emergence based on features of the phase space portraits of certain dynamical systems. On our account, the phase space portraits of systems displaying emergent behavior are topologically inequivalent to those of the systems from which they ‘emerge’. This account gives us an objective sense in which emergent phenomena are qualitatively novel, without involving the difficulties associated with downward causation and the like. We also argue that the role of complexity in emergence has been overstated: emergent behavior can occur in very simple systems, and even when it occurs in complex systems it is the qualitative novelty of that behavior, rather that the complexity of the system, that matters for emergence.
|Keywords||emergence reduction physics|
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
James Blachowicz (2013). The Constraint Interpretation of Physical Emergence. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 44 (1):21-40.
Similar books and articles
Andrew Wayne & Michal Arciszewski (2009). Emergence in Physics. Philosophy Compass 4 (5):846-858.
Richard Healey (2011). Reduction and Emergence in Bose-Einstein Condensates. Foundations of Physics 41 (6):1007-1030.
John Collier (2008). A Dynamical Account of Emergence. Cybernetics and Human Knowing 15 (3-4):75-86.
Andreas Hüttemanna & Orestis Terzidis (2000). Emergence in Physics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (3):267 – 281.
Andreas Hüttemanna & Orestis Terzidis (2000). Emergence in Physics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (3):267-281.
R. Keith Sawyer (1999). The Emergence of Creativity. Philosophical Psychology 12 (4):447 – 469.
Ignazio Licata & Ammar Sakaji (eds.) (2008). Physics of Emergence and Organization. World Scientific.
Olivier Massin (2006). Complementarity Cannot Resolve the Emergence–Reduction Debate: Reply to Harré. Synthese 151 (3):511 - 517.
Harald Atmanspacher (2007). Contextual Emergence From Physics to Cognitive Neuroscience. Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (1-2):18-36.
Jessica M. Wilson (2013). Nonlinearity and Metaphysical Emergence. In Stephen Mumford & Matthew Tugby (eds.), Metaphysics and Science.
David V. Newman (1996). Emergence and Strange Attractors. Philosophy of Science 63 (2):245-61.
Margaret Morrison (2006). Emergence, Reduction, and Theoretical Principles: Rethinking Fundamentalism. Philosophy of Science 73 (5):876-887.
Jaegwon Kim (2006). Emergence: Core Ideas and Issues. Synthese 151 (3):547-559.
Added to index2010-12-10
Total downloads22 ( #79,616 of 1,102,974 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #24,626 of 1,102,974 )
How can I increase my downloads?