Chaos and Complexity Letters 2:139-150 (2007)
The concept of contextual emergence is proposed as a non-reductive, yet welldeﬁned relation between different levels of description of physical and other systems. It is illustrated for the transition from statistical mechanics to thermodynamical properties such as temperature. Stability conditions are crucial for a rigorous implementation of contingent contexts that are required to understand temperature as an emergent property. It is proposed that such stability conditions are meaningful for contextual emergence beyond physics as well.
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