Emergent Properties

[Revised entry by Timothy O'Connor and Hong Yu Wong on June 3, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Emergence is a notorious philosophical term of art. A variety of theorists have
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[Revised entry by Timothy O'Connor and Hong Yu Wong on June 3, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Emergence is a notorious philosophical term of art. A variety of theorists have appropriated it for their purposes ever since George Henry Lewes gave it a philosophical sense in his 1875 Problems of Life and Mind. We might roughly characterize the shared meaning thus: emergent entities (properties or substances) 'arise' out of more fundamental entities and yet are 'novel' or 'irreducible' with respect to them. (For example, it is...

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