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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 29, Issue 3, 2002/2003

Gregory R. Peterson
Pages 23-27

Emergence and Supervenience
A Reply to Philip Clayton

Philip Clayton has put forth a clear and important position regarding the mind-body relationship in terms of supervenient and emergent realities. While I agree with Clayton on many points, I argue that there are important problems with current literature on supervenience and emergence. In particular, I distinguish between closed system emergence and open system emergence, suggesting that Clayton’s position is closer to the latter than the former.

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