The first two questions face anyone who cares to distinguish the real from the unreal and the true from the false. The third question faces anyone who makes any decisions at all, and even not deciding is itself a decision. Thus all persons practice philosophy whether they know it or not.
Emergentism In philosophy, emergence is often understood to be a claim about the etiology of a system's properties. An emergent property of a system, in this context, is one that is not a property of any component of that system, but is still a feature of the system as a whole.
Nicolai Hartmannone of the first modern philosophers to write on emergence, termed this categorial novum new category. Definitions[ edit ] This idea of emergence has been around since at least the time of Aristotle.
The term "emergent" was coined by philosopher G. Leweswho wrote: Every resultant is either a sum or a difference of the co-operant forces; their sum, when their directions are the same — their difference, when their directions are contrary.
Further, every resultant is clearly traceable in its components, because these are homogeneous and commensurable.
It is otherwise with emergents, when, instead of adding measurable motion to measurable motion, or things of one kind to other individuals of their kind, there is a co-operation of things of unlike kinds.
The emergent is unlike its components insofar as these are incommensurable, and it cannot be reduced to their sum or their difference. Systems scientist Peter Corning described the qualities of Goldstein's definition in more detail: The common characteristics are: He also says that living systems like the game of chesswhile emergent, cannot be reduced to underlying laws of emergence: They serve merely to describe regularities and consistent relationships in nature.
These patterns may be very illuminating and important, but the underlying causal agencies must be separately specified though often they are not.
But that aside, the game of chess illustrates Indeed, you cannot even reliably predict the next move in a chess game. It also includes the players and their unfolding, moment-by-moment decisions among a very large number of available options at each choice point. The game of chess is inescapably historical, even though it is also constrained and shaped by a set of rules, not to mention the laws of physics.
Moreover, and this is a key point, the game of chess is also shaped by teleonomiccyberneticfeedback-driven influences. In terms of physical systems, weak emergence is a type of emergence in which the emergent property is amenable to computer simulation.
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This is opposed to the older notion of strong emergence, in which the emergent property cannot be simulated by a computer.
Some common points between the two notions are that emergence concerns new properties produced as the system grows, which is to say ones which are not shared with its components or prior states.
Also, it is assumed that the properties are supervenient rather than metaphysically primitive Bedau Weak emergence describes new properties arising in systems as a result of the interactions at an elemental level.
However, it is stipulated that the properties can be determined only by observing or simulating the system, and not by any process of analysis. Bedau notes that weak emergence is not a universal metaphysical solvent, as the hypothesis that consciousness is weakly emergent would not resolve the traditional philosophical questions about the physicality of consciousness.
However, Bedau concludes that adopting this view would provide a precise notion that emergence is involved in consciousness, and second, the notion of weak emergence is metaphysically benign. Bedau Strong emergence describes the direct causal action of a high-level system upon its components; qualities produced this way are irreducible to the system's constituent parts Laughlin The whole is other than the sum of its parts.
An example from physics of such emergence is water, being seemingly unpredictable even after an exhaustive study of the properties of its constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen.The spatial distribution of populations and settlements across a country and their interconnectivity and accessibility from urban areas are important for delivering healthcare, distributing resources and economic development.
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