Towards Scientific Metaphysics

Lukáš H. Zámečník



The review article reflects on Vladimír Havlík’s book Hierarchical Emergent Ontology and the Universal Principle of Emergence (Filosofia, 2021)It notes the key argumentative procedures and implications of the author’s arguments. It evaluates the various elements of hierarchical emergent ontology and compares them with classical proponents and critics of emergentism, especially Paul Humphreys and Jaegwon Kim. The study reconstructs Havlík’s universal principle of emergence and notes its application in selected scientific fields (fermions, cellular automata and neural networks). It takes a polemical approach to the advocated concept of scientific metaphysics.


emergence; supervenience; scientific metaphysics; hierarchical emergent ontology; universal principle of emergence

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