A new look at emergence: Or when after is different

Alexandre Guay, Olivier Sartenaer

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)297-322
    Number of pages26
    JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


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


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