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Single Idea 18513

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 7. Emergent Properties]

Full Idea

If you are going to have emergent fundamental properties, you are going to need emergent fundamental substances as bearers of those properties.

Gist of Idea

Emergent properties will need emergent substances to bear them


John Heil (The Universe as We Find It [2012], 02.6)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'The Universe as We Find It' [OUP 2012], p.29

A Reaction

Presumably the theory of emergent properties (which I take to be nonsense, in its hardcore form) says that the substance is unchanged, but the property is new. Or else the bundle gives collective birth to a new member. Search me.