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The Re-Emergence of EmergenceThe Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion$
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Philip Clayton and Paul Davies

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544318.001.0001

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In Defence of Ontological Emergence and Mental Causation

In Defence of Ontological Emergence and Mental Causation

(p.203) 9 In Defence of Ontological Emergence and Mental Causation
The Re-Emergence of Emergence

Michael Silberstein

Oxford University Press

The first section characterises the kind of emergence defended in this chapter and situates it largely in the enactive paradigm of consciousness and cognition. The second section begins to cast doubt on physicalism and related doctrines in philosophy of mind that speak against ontological emergence. In the process, it becomes clear that ontological emergence cum enactivism is philosophically sound and potentially scientifically explanatory.

Keywords:   ontological emergence, mental causation, systemic causation, enactivism, emergence, physicalism

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