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Authors: Martin, Denis C.
Title: Mechanistic emergence : different properties, different levels, same thing! ; a commentary on Carl F. Craver
Online publication date: 11-Nov-2016
Language: english
Abstract: In this commentary I will briefly sketch the notion of “levels of mechanisms” as presented by Carl Craver and propose that we extend it to a more general notion of “level” that ensures wider applicability. The account of levels I develop is essentially based on an account of “properties”, claiming dependence of instantiation on a certain epistemic context. The main goal is then to reconcile Craver's notion of “mechanisms” with “emergence” resulting in a contemporary account of “mechanistic emergence” implementing the developed concept of a level. Such an account could provide explanatory potential for and elucidate on seemingly mysterious higher-level properties and their ontology.
DDC: 100 Philosophie
100 Philosophy
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-publ-551558
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
License: in Copyright
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Citation: Open MIND
Metzinger, Thomas
Pages or article number: Kap. 8(C)
Publisher: MIND Group
Publisher place: Frankfurt am Main
Issue date: 2015
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Publisher DOI: 10.15502/9783958570634
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