Archive for the ‘Reductionism’ Category

Reduction is not possible without emergence and vice versa if you’re talking about the kind of reduction that David Nagel elaborates.  Nagel’s work is the touchstone of reduction theory.  Based upon his work, if you’re reducing  you’re moving from some level or domain B and realizing it in the operation of some other level, or […]


Below are some of my thoughts on reductionism and emergentism in response to the column “Reality Is Flat. (Or Is It?)”  by Richard Polk in The Stone philosophy forum of August 16, 2012 in the New York Times.  Here’s the link to the column: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/reality-is-flat-or-is-it/ As Polk points out there are indeed philosophers and scientists […]