Emergent Evolution: Qualitative Novelty and the Levels of Reality by David BlitzEmergent Evolution: Qualitative Novelty and the Levels of Reality by David Blitz

Emergent Evolution: Qualitative Novelty and the Levels of Reality

byDavid Blitz

Paperback | December 6, 2010

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This volume examines the background, origin, and debate over emergent evolution, a philosophy of evolution developed by the comparative psychologist C. Lloyd Morgan. Part One studies the 19th century background in the debate over the philosophical framework for evolutionary theory in the writings of Darwin, Spencer, Huxley, Wallace, and G.J. Romanes. Questions examined include the continuity of the evolutionary process, the status of qualitative as well as quantitative change, the scope of evolution, and its metaphysical implications. Part Two traces Lloyd Morgan's development of emergent evolution as a philosophy relating the various sciences, and its main thesis that qualitative novelty can occur in the course of a continuous, universal and monistic evolutionary process, proceeding from the material level to those of life and mind. The third part traces the debate over emergent evolution, and argues that, despite its temporary eclipse by reductionist and physicalist philosophies in the period from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, emergent evolution is an active trend of thought at the interface between philosophy and science.
Title:Emergent Evolution: Qualitative Novelty and the Levels of RealityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.78 × 5.98 × 0 inPublished:December 6, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048141419

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part One: The Background to Emergent Evolution. 1. Charles Darwin: The Framework for Evolutionary Theory. 2. Herbert Spencer: Philosophy of Evolution. 3. T.H. Huxley: Monism and Epiphenomenalism. 4. Alfred Russel Wallace: Evolution and the Supernatural. 5. G.J. Romanes: Evolution of Mind. Part Two: Lloyd Morgan's Formative Period. 7. Influences on Lloyd Morgan. 8. Lloyd Morgan's Creative Synthesis. 9. Lloyd Morgan's System of Emergent Evolution. Part Three: The Debate over Emergent Evolution. 10. Other Systems of Emergent Evolution. 11. Systems Related to Emergent Evolution. 12. Critical Reaction to Emergent Evolution. 13. Further Discussion of Emergent Evolution. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.