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On the Notion of Diachronic Emergence (Jessica Wilson)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on December 2nd from 4:15-6:15 in room 7314 of the CUNY Graduate Center for a talk by Jessica Wilson (Toronto).

Title: On the Notion of Diachronic Emergence

Abstract: Though most accounts of emergence take this to be a broadly synchronic phenomenon, it has been recently maintained that there are distinctively diachronic forms of emergence (see, e.g., O’Connor and Wong’s 2005 account of strong emergence, Mitchell’s 2012 dynamic self-organization account of emergence, and Humphreys’ and Sartenaer and Guay’s 2016 accounts of ‘transformational emergence’). Here I argue that there is no need for a distinctively diachronic notion of emergence, as purported cases of such emergence can either be subsumed under broadly synchronic accounts, or else are better seen as simply cases of causation.

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