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Upshot: The differentiation between society being emergent or sui generis seems to correspond to the question of whether the development of interaction, in particular communication, should better be considered bottom-up, top-down or as a sort of circular concurrency of bottom-up and top-down causes. This is reminiscent of the philosophical debate about the implications of the terms emergence and downward causation.
Füllsack M. (2012) Author’s response: Systems as realities sui generis with eigenbehavior? Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 114–116. http://constructivist.info/8/1/114
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