On emergence

“Every resultant is either a sum or a difference of the cooperant forces; their sum, when their directions are the same – their difference, when their directions are contrary. Further, every resultant is clearly traceable in its components, because these are homogeneous and commensurable. It is otherwise with emergents, when, instead of adding measurable motion to measurable motion, or things of one kind to other individuals of their kind, there is a co-operation of things of unlike kinds. The emergent is unlike its components in so far as these are incommensurable, and it cannot be reduced to their sum or their difference.” (Lewes 1874-1879)


Lewes, G. H. (1874-1879), Problems of Life and Mind, London: Truebner

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