Cognitive emergence

Philosophy of Science Supplement 64 (4):346-58 (1997)
Examination of attempts at theory reduction (S to T) shows that a process of cognitive emergence is involved in which concepts of S, Cs, emerge from T. This permits the 'bridge laws' to be stated. These are not in conflict with incommensurability of the Cs with the CT. Cognitive emergence may occur asymptotically or because of similarities of mathematical expressions; it is not necessarily holistic. Mereologically and nonmereologically related theory pairs are considered. Examples are chosen from physics. An important distinction is made between 'theory reduction' and 'reductive explanation'
Keywords Cognition  Emergence  Knowing  Scepticism  Science
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DOI 10.1086/392613
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