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Emergence: A Philosophical Account

Paul Humphreys


Paul Humphreys argues that many of the problems affecting accounts of emergence arise from a philosophical tradition overly committed to synchronic reduction, and has been too focused on problems in philosophy of mind. He develops a novel account of diachronic ontological emergence called transformational emergence, shows that it is free of the problems raised in synchronic accounts, gives plausible examples of transformational emergence within physics and chemistry, and explains how the central ideas fit into a well-established historical tradition that includes John Stuart Mill, G. E. Moore, ... More

Keywords: emergence, transformational emergence, reduction, holism, physicalism, self-organization, methodological individualism, multiple realizability, G. E. Moore, C. D. Braod

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190620325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190620325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Humphreys, author
University of Virginia