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Philosophy of Sciences

2015 year, number 1

Analytics of emergententities in the context of the mind-body problem

K.G. Frolov
Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg
Keywords: philosophy of mind, emergentism, the mentality, explanatory gap, cognitive completeness


By way of examples, the paper studies the nature and ontological status of emergent properties. It discusses whether an analogy between various physical emergent properties and consciousness as an emergent property of brain is reasonable. The question about correlation between emergent and resultant properties is raised. The phenomenon of culturally emergent entities is analyzed. Also, the paper presents a number of arguments in favor of nonremovability of an explanatory gap between the physical and the intentional.