Emergence

28Feb09

Splintering Bone Ashes and Plamenology and Object Oriented Philosophy have all discussed the concept of emergence and whether it stands as an ontological, epistemological or ontic category.  While the concept of behaviour or pattern is highly subjective (to point out the complexity of an ant colony in a human world) there is still the issue of the rearrangement of objects which occurs unexpectedly – the way the earth is redrawn by the ant colony, how rain fall is changed, how the ant-ions move their traps and so forth.

While emergence changes the setting the question seems to become whether rearangement can explain abiogenesis and the creation of the universe which, given the diminishing possibility of a truly closed system this seems more and more likely.

But then, what becomes of the line between the ontic and the ontological – that is, is the ontological composed of forces and powers from an always designated elsewhere or is the depth of the ontological not the possibility of being as being but possibility – that which gives emergence its emergence?

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One Response to “Emergence”

  1. 1 doctorzamalek

    One of the problems with Heidegger’s ontological difference, I believe, is that it serves effectively as a two-world theory:

    1. Being itself is ontological for sure, though I think individual THINGS also turn out to be ontological insofar as they withdraw partially into shadow.

    2. The “ontic” in Heidegger is sometimes mistaken for a term for *specific* things, though it’s really a term for things in their presence-at-hand. There is room for individual entities to be more than just vorhanden in Heidegger, as shown precisely by “the thing.”

    But ontic always ends up meaning “accessed by humans” and ontological always means “veiled from human view.”

    What the manifold layers of the world do is ensure that every entity is both ontological and ontic at the same tile– ontological insofar as it recedes from all relational access (by humans or anything else) and ontic insofar as it is the correlate of any access (in which case it will be merely a sensual caricature).


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