Emergence is often described as the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts:
interactions among the components of a system lead to distinctive novel properties.
It has been invoked to describe the flocking of birds, the phases of matter and human consciousness,
along with many other phenomena.
Since the nineteenth century, the notion of emergence has been widely applied in philosophy,
particularly in contemporary philosophy of mind philosophy of science and metaphysics.
It has more recently become central to scientists’ understanding of phenomena across
physics, chemistry, complexity and systems theory, biology and the social sciences.
The Routledge Handbook of Emergence is an outstanding reference source
and exploration of the concept of emergence, and is the first collection of its kind.
Thirty-two chapters by an international team of contributors are organised into four parts:
• Foundations of emergence
• Emergence and mind
• Emergence and physics
• Emergence and the special sciences.
Within these sections important topics and problems in emergence are explained,
including the British Emergentists; weak vs. strong emergence; emergence and downward causation;
dependence, complexity and mechanisms; mental causation, consciousness and dualism;
quantum mechanics, soft matter and chemistry; and evolution, cognitive science and social sciences.
Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and metaphysics,
The Routledge Handbook of Emergence will also be of interest to those studying foundational issues
in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.
- Brian P. McLaughlin. British Emergentism. 2019
- Paul Noordhof. Dependence . 2019
- Kerry McKenzie. Fundamentality. 2019
- John Bickle. Reduction. 2019
- Umut Baysan. Emergence, function and realization. 2019
- Alex Carruth. Strong emergence and Alexander's dictum. 2019
- Carl Gillett. Emergence, downward causation and its alternatives: Critically Surveying a Foundational Issue. 2019
- Sophie Gibb. The causal closure principle. 2019
- Mark Pexton. Computational emergence: weak and strong. 2019
- Jason Winning, William Bechtel. Being Emergence vs. Pattern Emergence: Complexity, Control, and Goal-Directedness in Biological Systems. 2019
- Robert Bishop, Michael Silberstein. Complexity and feedback. 2019
- Jessica Wilson. Between Scientism and Abstractionism in the Metaphysics of Emergence. 2019
- Hong Yu Wong. Emergent Dualism in the Philosophy of Mind. 2019
- David Robb. Emergent mental causation. 2019
- Cynthia Macdonald, Graham Macdonald. Emergence and Non-Reductive Physicalism. 2019
- Lynne Rudder Baker. Intentionality and Emergence. 2019
- Robert Van Gulick. Emergence and consciousness. 2019
- John Heil. Emergence and panpsychism. 2019
- Stephen J. Blundell. Phase transitions, broken symmetry and the renormalization group. 2019
- Tom McLeish. Soft Matter – An Emergent Interdisciplinary Science of Emergent Entities. 2019
- Stewart Clark, Iorwerth Thomas. Emergence in Non-relativistic Quantum Mechanics. 2019
- Tom Lancaster. The emergence of excitations in quantum fields: quasiparticles and topological objects. 2019
- David Pines. Emergence: a personal perspective on a new paradigm for scientific research. 2019
- Piers Coleman. Emergence and Reductionism: an awkward Baconian alliance. 2019
- Christian Wüthrich. The emergence of space and time. 2019
- Susan Stepney. Digital Emergence. 2019
- Robin Findlay Hendry. Emergence in Chemistry: Substance and Structure. 2019
- Emily Herring, Gregory Radick. Emergence in Biology: From Organicism to Systems Biology. 2019
- Michel Morange. Emergence in the cell. 2019
- George F. R. Ellis. Evolution, Information, and Emergence. 2019
- Raymond Noble, Denis Noble. A-mergence of biological systems. 2019
- Julie Zahle, Tuukka Kaidesoja. Emergence in the Social Sciences. 2019