Pragmatic Apparatus – Temporalizing ontology: a case for pragmatic emergence

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Ludger van Dijk 

Despite an attempt to break with the hierarchical picture in traditional emergentist thought, non-standard accounts of emergence are often still committed to a premise that ontology is prior to epistemology. This paper aims to topple this last remnant of the traditional hierarchy by explicating a pragmatic view of emergence based on John Dewey’s work. Dewey argued that the traditional notion of ontology is premised on a view of existence as complete. Through a discussion of Dewey’s work it is argued that this premise results in a process of reification that unduly excludes from ontology many precarious and indeterminate aspects involved both in everyday life and in philosophic and scientific inquiry. Building on a recent explication of transformational emergence the paper proposes a diachronic and non-hierarchical account of emergence, called pragmatic emergence. According to that account the relation between ontology and epistemology is a temporally reciprocal one. This means that ontological and epistemological features co-determine each other over time. Determinacy and continuity become historical features of a multitude of unfinished processes that we view from within.

Publication: Synthese (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

Pub Date: 11 Mar, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Temporal Ontology, Pragmatic Emergence, Prior To Espistemology (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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