Synchronic vs. diachronic emergence: a reappraisal

Olivier Sartenaer
Universität Köln
In this paper, I put forward a benchmark account of emergence in terms of non-explainability and explicate the relationship that exists between its synchronic and diachronic declinations. I develop an argument whose conclusion is that emergence is essentially a “two-faceted” notion, i.e. it always encapsulates both synchronic and diachronic dimensions. I then compare this account with alternative recent accounts of emergence that define the concept through the notion of unpredictability or topological non-equivalence
Keywords Synchronic emergence  Diachronic emergence  Constitutive explanation  Etiological explanation  Unpredictability  Determinism  Chaos  Topological equivalence
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DOI 10.1007/s13194-014-0097-2
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Sixteen Years Later: Making Sense of Emergence (Again).Olivier Sartenaer - 2016 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 47 (1):79-103.
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