Cause Critical realism Emergence Reductionism Causal powers Emergent properties
Taylor and Francis
ELDER-VASS, D., 2005. Emergence and the realist account of cause. Journal of Critical Realism, 4 (2), pp.315-338.
The concept of emergence is routinely invoked in critical realist theory, but rarely examined. Yet emergence is fundamental to the realist account of cause. This paper aims to improve critical realism's understanding of emergence by discussing, first, what emergence is and how it works; second, the need for a compositional account of emergence; and third, the implications of emergence for causation. It goes on to argue that the theory of emergence leads to the recognition of certain hitherto neglected similarities between real causal powers and actual causation.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Critical Realism on 21/04/2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jocr.v4i2.315.