Flat Emergence

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99 (S1):225-250 (2018)
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Abstract

The main contention of this article is that current approaches to ontological emergence are not comprehensive, in that they share a common bias that make them blind to some conceptual space available to emergence. In this article, I devise an alternative perspective on ontological emergence called ‘flat emergence’, which is free of such a bias. The motivation is twofold: not only does flat emergence constitute another viable way to fulfill the initial emergentist promise, but it also allows for making sense of some emergence ascriptions that traditional accounts are unable to accommodate.

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Olivier Sartenaer
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