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Emergence Contemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science

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ISBN-10: 0262524759

ISBN-13: 9780262524759

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark A. Bedau, Paul Humphreys

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Emergence, largely ignored just thirty years ago, has become one of the liveliest areas of research in both philosophy and science. Fueled in part by advances in complexity theory, artificial life, physics, psychology, sociology, and biology and by the parallel development of new conceptual tools in philosophy, the idea of emergence offers a way to understand a wide variety of complex phenomena in ways that are intriguingly different from more traditional approaches. This reader collects for the first time in one easily accessible place classic writings on emergence from contemporary philosophy and science. The chapters, by such prominent scholars as John Searle, Stephen Weinberg, William…    
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Book details

List price: $47.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Sources
Introduction
Philosophical Perspectives on Emergence
Introduction to Philosophical Perspectives on Emergence
The Rise and Fall of British Emergentism
On the Idea of Emergence
Reductionism and the Irreducibility of Consciousness
Emergence and Supervenience
Aggregativity: Reductive Heuristics for Finding Emergence
How Properties Emerge
Making Sense of Emergence
Downward Causation and Autonomy in Weak Emergence
Real Patterns
Scientific Perspectives on Emergence
Introduction to Scientific Perspectives on Emergence
More Is Different: Broken Symmetry and the Nature of the Hierarchical Structure of Science
Emergence
Sorting and Mixing: Race and Sex
Alternative Views of Complexity
The Theory of Everything
Is Anything Ever New? Considering Emergence
Design, Observation, Surprise! A Test of Emergence
Ansatz for Dynamical Hierarchies
Background and Polemics
Introduction to Background and Polemics
Newtonianism, Reductionism, and the Art of Congressional Testimony
Issues in the Logic of Reductive Explanations
Chaos
Undecidability and Intractability in Theoretical Physics
Special Sciences (Or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis)
Supervenience
The Nonreductivist's Troubles with Mental Causation
Annotated Bibliography
About the Authors
Index