The re-emergence of "emergence": A venerable concept in search of a theory

  title={The re-emergence of "emergence": A venerable concept in search of a theory},
  author={P. Corning},
  • P. Corning
  • Published 2002
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Complex.
Despite its current popularity, “emergence” is a concept with a venerable history and an elusive, ambiguous standing in contemporary evolutionary theory. This paper briefly recounts the history of the term and details some of its current usages. Not only are there radically varying interpretations about what emergence means but “reductionist” and “holistic” theorists have very different views about the issue of causation. However, these two seemingly polar positions are not irreconcilable… Expand
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  • P. Corning
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Synthese
  • 2010
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