For those who are interested in the principle of “emergence” and/or general morphological analysis (GMA), the following article is now online at AMG:
“On a Morphology of Theories of Emergence”. Acta Morph Gen, Vol. 3 No. 3., 2014.
Available for download in PDF format at: http://www.amg.swemorph.com/pdf/amg-3-3-2014.pdf
Abstract: “Emergence” – the notion of novel, unpredictable and irreducible properties developing out of complex organisational entities – is itself a complex, multi-dimensional concept. To date there is no single, generally agreed upon “theory of emergence”, but instead a number of different approaches and perspectives. Neither is there a common conceptual or meta-theoretical framework by which to systematically identify, exemplify and compare different “theories”. Building upon earlier work done by sociologist Kenneth Bailey, this article presents a method for creating such a framework, and outlines the conditions for a collaborative effort in order to carry out such a task. A brief historical and theoretical background is given both to the concept of “emergence” and to the non-quantified modelling method General Morphological Analysis (GMA).