Flat Emergence

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The main contention of this article is that current approaches to ontological emergence are not comprehensive, in that they share a common bias that make them blind to some conceptual space available to emergence. In this article, I devise an alternative perspective on ontological emergence called ‘flat emergence’, which is free of such a bias. The motivation is twofold: not only does flat emergence constitute another viable way to fulfill the initial emergentist promise, but it also allows for making sense of some emergence ascriptions that traditional accounts are unable to accommodate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-250
Number of pages26
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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