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Title: Social emergence: functional or relational
Authors: Elder-Vass, Dave
Keywords: Emergence
Multiple realizability
Critical realism
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Citation: ELDER-VASS, D.J., 2014. Social emergence: functional or relational. Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 6 (1), pp.5-16.
Abstract: This paper outlines a relational variety of the theory of emergence and claims that it can be applied more fruit-fully to sociology than the functional variety advocated by Keith Sawyer. Sawyer argues that the wildly disjunctive multiple realizability of social properties justifies a nonreductive approach to causal explanation in the social sciences (but also ontological individualism). In response, this paper argues, first, that the social properties he dis-cusses are not wildly disjunctive, and secondly, that we can explain their causal significance more effectively with a relational emergence theory linked to the critical realist account of causal powers. Although these properties are multiply realizable, they are not emergent because they are multiply realizable, but despite being so.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17417
Publisher Link: http://www.issk-bas.org/BJP/
ISSN: 1313-888X
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