In Defence of Ontological Emergence and Mental Causation

Michael Silberstein, Elizabethtown College


The first section characterises the kind of emergence defended in this chapter and situates it largely in the enactive paradigm of consciousness and cognition. The second section begins to cast doubt on physicalism and related doctrines in philosophy of mind that speak against ontological emergence. In the process, it becomes clear that ontological emergence cum enactivism is philosophically sound and potentially scientifically explanatory.