Ontologically significant aggregation: Process structural realism (PSR)

In Weber (ed.), Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought. De Gruyter. pp. 2--179 (2008)

Joseph E. Earley
Georgetown University
Combinations of molecules, of biological individuals, or of chemical processes can produce effects that are not simply attributable to the constituents. Such non-redundant causality warrants recognition of those coherences as ontologically significant whenever that efficacy is relevant. With respect to such interaction, the effective coherence is more real than are the components. This ontological view is a variety of structural realism and is also a kind of process philosophy. The designation ‘process structural realism’ (PSR) seems appropriate.
Keywords Ontology  Structural realism  Process Philosophy  closure  cooperative action  coherence
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DOI 10.1515/9783110333299.2.179
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