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The Emergence of SinThe Cosmic Tyrant in Romans$
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Matthew Croasmun

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277987.001.0001

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Emergence

Emergence

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The Emergence of Sin
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Matthew Croasmun

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277987.003.0003

Emergence theory in philosophy of science is introduced, first in modest terms of the emergent properties exhibited by complex wholes that are not exhibited by their constituent parts. Then, emergence is treated as a trans-ordinal theory that stakes out a middle ground between reductionism and dualism. The tension between supervenience and downward causation is described as the generative dialectic of emergence. The coherence of downward causation is debated and ultimately affirmed on account of the prevalence of downward causation in the sorts of accounts produced by fields like systems biology. Racism is treated as a case study of the sorts of causal feedback loops generated by complex causal structures that operate at multiple levels of hierarchy.

Keywords:   emergence, reduction, dualism, supervenience, downward causation, feedback loops, racism, biology, chemistry, physics

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