European Journal for Philosophy of Science Volume 6, Issue 2, May 2016

A New Look at Emergence. Or When after Is Different

Alexandre Guay et Olivier Sartenaer «A New Look at Emergence. Or When after Is Different», European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 6(2) (2016) pp. 297-322.

In this paper, we put forward a new account of emergence called “transformational emergence”. Such an account captures a variety of emergence that can be considered as being diachronic and weakly ontological. The fact that transformational emergence actually constitutes a genuine form of emergence is motivated. Besides, the account is free of traditional problems surrounding more usual, synchronic versions of emergence, and it can find a strong empirical support in a specific physical phenomenon, the fractional quantum Hall effect, which has long been touted as a paradigmatic case of emergence.

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