Power Emergentism and the Collapse Problem

Philosophy of Science 89 (2):302-318 (2022)
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Abstract

Strong emergentism is the position that certain higher-level properties display a kind of metaphysical autonomy from the lower-level properties in which they are grounded. The prospect of collapse is a problem for strong emergentism. According to those who press the collapse problem any purportedly strongly emergent feature inheres in the emergence base and so is not genuinely autonomous from that base. Umut Baysan and Jessica Wilson argue that power emergentism avoids the collapse problem. In this paper, I challenge the claim that power emergentism avoids the collapse problem and argue for explanatory emergentism in its place.

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Elanor Taylor
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Collapsing strong emergence’s collapse problem.J. M. Fritzman - 2024 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 14 (2):1-24.

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