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The Routledge Handbook of Emergence

Edited by: Sophie Gibb , Robin Findlay Hendry , Tom Lancaster

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138925083
eBook ISBN: 9781315675213
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315675213
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Emergence is often described as the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts: interactions among the components of a system lead to distinctive novel properties. It has been invoked to describe the flocking of birds, the phases of matter and human consciousness, along with many other phenomena. Since the nineteenth century, the notion of emergence has been widely applied in philosophy, particularly in contemporary philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and metaphysics. It has more recently become central to scientists? understanding of phenomena across physics, chemistry, complexity and systems theory, biology and the social sciences.

The Routledge Handbook of Emergence is an outstanding reference source and exploration of the concept of emergence, and is the first collection of its kind. Thirty-two chapters by an international team of contributors are organised into four parts

  • Foundations of emergence</LI> <LI>Emergence and mind
  • Emergence and physics
  • Emergence and the special sciences

Within these sections important topics and problems in emergence are explained, including the British Emergentists; weak vs. strong emergence; emergence and downward causation; dependence, complexity and mechanisms; mental causation, consciousness and dualism; quantum mechanics, soft matter and chemistry; and evolution, cognitive science and social sciences.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and metaphysics, The Routledge Handbook of Emergence will also be of interest to those studying foundational issues in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  British Emergentism Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Dependence Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Fundamentality Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Reduction Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Emergence, Function and Realization Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Strong Emergence and Alexander’s Dictum Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Emergence, Downward Causation and its Alternatives Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Causal Closure Principle Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Computational Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Being Emergence vs. Pattern Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Complexity and Feedback Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Between Scientism and Abstractionism in the Metaphysics of Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Emergent Dualism in the Philosophy of Mind Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Emergent Mental Causation Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Emergence and Non-Reductive Physicalism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Intentionality and Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Emergence and Consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Emergence and Panpsychism  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Phase Transitions, Broken Symmetry and the Renormalization Group Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Soft Matter – an Emergent Interdisciplinary Science of Emergent Entities Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Emergence in Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Emergence of Excitations in Quantum Fields Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Emergence and Reductionism Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Emergence of Space and Time Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Digital Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Emergence in Chemistry Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Emergence in Biology Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Emergence in the Cell Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Evolution, Information and Emergence Download PDF
Chapter  31:  A-Mergence of Biological Systems Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Emergence in the Social Sciences Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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