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On a Morphology of Theories of Emergence

Ritchey, Tom (2014) On a Morphology of Theories of Emergence. Acta Morphologica Generalis, 3 (3). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2001-2241

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Abstract

Emergence – the notion of novel, unpredictable and irreducible properties developing out of complex organizational entities – is itself a complex, multi-dimensional concept. To date there is no single, generally agreed upon “theory of emergence”, but instead a number of different approaches and perspectives. Neither is there a common conceptual or meta-theoretical framework by which to systematically identify, exemplify and compare different “theories”. Building upon earlier work done by sociologist Kenneth Bailey, this article presents a method for creating such a framework, and outlines the conditions for a collaborative effort in order to carry out such a task. A brief historical and theoretical background is given both to the concept of “emergence” and to the non-quantified modelling method General Morphological Analysis (GMA).


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Ritchey, Tomritchey@swemorph.com0000-0001-7292-3873
Keywords: Emergence, general morphological analysis, theories of emergence, typology of emergence, modelling theory2014
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Tom Ritchey
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 14:07
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 14:07
Item ID: 21526
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Morphologica Generalis
Publisher: Swedish Morphological Society
Official URL: https://www.swemorph.com/amg/pdf/amg-3-3-2014.pdf
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 1-16
Volume: 3
Number: 3
ISSN: 2001-2241
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21526

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