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The Re-Emergence of Emergence: A Venerable Concept in Search of a Theory

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.003.0006
The Re-Emergence of Emergence: A Venerable Concept in Search of a Theory

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This chapter discusses the re-emergence of the emergence theory and how it relates to synergy and the Synergism Hypothesis. It recounts the history of the term emergence and details some of its current usages. This chapter also explains the difference between the reductionism and holism views about causation. It criticizes the reductionist approach to explaining emergent complexity and highlights the Synergism Hypothesis' focus on the economics or the functional effects produced by emergent wholes and their selective consequences.

Keywords: emergence theory; synergy; Synergism Hypothesis; reductionism; holism; functional effects; emergent wholes; selective consequences

Chapter.  7224 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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