Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 293–307

Ontology, matter and emergence



“Ontological emergence” of inherent high-level properties with causal powers is witnessed nowhere. A non-substantialist conception of emergence works much better. It allows downward causation, provided our concept of causality is transformed accordingly.

Key words

emergence causality consciousness neuroscience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre de Recherches en Epistémologie Appliquée, (CREA/Ecole Polytechnique)ParisFrance

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