Intentionality and Emergence

Authored by: Lynne Rudder Baker

The Routledge Handbook of Emergence

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

Print ISBN: 9781138925083
eBook ISBN: 9781315675213
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Intentionality and emergence are both huge and contested topics in philosophy. Rather than surveying the enormous literature that each topic has generated, I’ll begin with some general remarks about the idea of intentionality, followed by a brief sketch of a mainstream construal of emergence (Jaegwon Kim’s). Then I shall consider four possible ways that intentionality and emergence may be related and criticize three of them. The remaining view – the one that I support – is strong emergence based on my constitution view of the material world.

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