Emergence and reduction in chemistry: ontological or epistemological concepts?

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In this paper I argue that the ontological interpretation of the concepts of reduction and emergence is often misleading in the philosophy of science and should nearly always be eschewed in favor of an epistemological interpretation. As a paradigm case, an example is drawn from the philosophy of chemistry to illustrate the drawbacks of “ontological… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-006-9111-3

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@article{McIntyre2007EmergenceAR, title={Emergence and reduction in chemistry: ontological or epistemological concepts?}, author={Lee McIntyre}, journal={Synthese}, year={2007}, volume={155}, pages={337-343} }