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Emergentism vs Reductionism ? Tremblay, Francois Oct 09, 2004
I have never seen emergentism and reductionism as opposites, and I didn't know this was a widely-held view. I see no contradiction between the idea that everything is reducible to simpler elements, and the view that qualities are emergent from the interaction of those elements. But if I had to choose, I suppose I would call myself a reductionist, since integrating all aspects of nature is primary to understanding their qualities.

Is this dichotomy a view that you share, and if so, why?

Francois Tremblay