The concept of emergence
Avirett, John Williams, University of Virginia
Lefevre, Albert, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia
In this dissertation we shall essay a critical study of what we have termed the Concept of Emergence. a concept which in recent years has come to be the basis for a more organic synthesis of the scientific and metaphysical aspects of reality. we shall offer an exposition of the concept, its meaning, sources, application and metaphysical implication; expound the theories of the concept presented by certain exponents and indicate the points of conflict found therein; show how such points of conflict have led to the very real metaphysical problem of Activity and Causation; review the results reached in this respect; and finally arrive at some conclusions which, if not startling, should be clarifying.
MA (Master of Arts)
NoC-US (No Copyright - United States)