Emergence and reflexive downward causation

Principia 6 (1):183-202 (2002)
This paper responds to Jaegwon Kim's powerful objection to the very possibility of genuinely novel emergent properties. Kim argues that the incoherence of reflexive downward causation means that the causal power of an emergent phenomenon is ultimately reducible to the causal powers of its constituents. I offer a simple argument showing how to characterize emergent properties m terms of the effects of structural relations an the causal powers of that. constituents
Keywords Causation  Emergence  Metaphysics  Kim, J
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