Emergence à la Systems Theory: Epistemological Totalausschluss or Ontological Novelty?

  title={Emergence {\`a} la Systems Theory: Epistemological Totalausschluss or Ontological Novelty?},
  author={P. Y. Wan},
  journal={Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  pages={178 - 210}
  • P. Y. Wan
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • In this article, I examine Luhmann’s, Bunge’s and others’ views on emergence, and argue that Luhmann’s epistemological construal of emergence in terms of Totalausschluss (total exclusion) is both ontologically flawed and detrimental to an appropriate understanding of the distinctive features of social emergence. By contrast, Bunge’s rational emergentism, his CESM model, and Wimsatt’s characterization of emergence as nonaggregativity provide a useful framework to investigate emergence. While… CONTINUE READING
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