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The Devil in the DetailsAsymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence$
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Robert W. Batterman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195146476.001.0001

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Emergence

Emergence

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(p.113) 8 Emergence
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The Devil in the Details
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Robert W. Batterman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195146476.003.0008

This chapter reviews the received view about emergence (to the extent that there is such a view). It argues that for at least some forms of emergence the important feature is the asymptotic nature of the relationship between the emergent properties and the lower level characterizing the components. It also argues that contrary to the received view, there can be emergent properties in situations in which there are no part/whole relationships. The example of the rainbow is discussed further in this context.

Keywords:   causal powers, emergence, mereology, parts, rainbow, reduction, thermodynamics, wholes

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