A new look at emergence. Or when after is different

Original paper in Philosophy of Science

Abstract

In this paper, we put forward a new account of emergence called “transformational emergence”. Such an account captures a variety of emergence that can be considered as being diachronic and weakly ontological. The fact that transformational emergence actually constitutes a genuine form of emergence is motivated. Besides, the account is free of traditional problems surrounding more usual, synchronic versions of emergence, and it can find a strong empirical support in a specific physical phenomenon, the fractional quantum Hall effect, which has long been touted as a paradigmatic case of emergence.

Keywords

Emergence Synchronic emergence Diachronic emergence Transformational emergence Fractional quantum Hall effect Quantum electrodynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Supérieur de PhilosophieUniversité Catholique de Louvain, Collège MercierLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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