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Synthese

, Volume 151, Issue 3, pp 335–346 | Cite as

Functional reduction and emergence in the physical sciences

  • Alexander Rueger
Original Paper

Abstract

Kim’s model of ‘functional reduction’ of properties is shown to fail in a class of cases from physics involving properties at different spatial levels. The diagnosis of this failure leads to a non-reductive account of the relation of micro and macro properties.

Keywords

Emergence Functional properties Kim’s view of reduction Micro/macro levels Reduction Singular Perturbations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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