Emergence, Probability, and Reductionism
Author: Budenholzer, Frank E.
Source: Zygon, Volume 39, Number 2, June 2004 , pp. 339-356(18)
Philosopher-theologian Bernard J. F. Lonergan defines emergence as the process in which “otherwise coincidental manifolds of lower conjugate acts invite the higher integration effected by higher conjugate forms” (Insight,  1992, 477). The meaning and implications of Lonergan's concept of emergence are considered in the context of the problem of reductionism in the natural sciences. Examples are taken primarily from physics, chemistry, and biology.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy at Fu Jen Catholic University
Publication date: June 1, 2004