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Synonyms for atomism

(psychology) a theory that reduces all mental phenomena to simple elements (sensations and feelings) that form complex ideas by association

(chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles

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Nonetheless, Dworkin shares the atomist mode of thought of much contemporary liberalism, regarding institutional structures simply as in the nature of collective instruments.
He illustrates this claim by stating that even if the atomists were correct that the heavens were due to accidental causes (II 4, 196a25-b5), nonetheless there would be prior [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
Most Jesuit savants, however, opted to steer clear of the Scylla of Copernicanism and the Charybdis of atomist physics--perilously encroaching on the doctrine of the Eucharist--and turned to the relatively safer enterprise of experimental physics.
Democritus is a leading member of the atomist school, which claims that the universe is made up of an infinite number of atoms that come together to form bodies within a void.
It is, of course, a further question whether the argument from the self-sufficient community could ultimately be accepted by a liberal atomist.
Of a feathery, atomist doom lurking in the brush stroke's imprecision.
At the fundamental root of this assertion, first mooted by Democritus in his fourth century BC Atomist Theory, is the notion that materialism is the primeval urge of homo sapiens.
For example, in ancient Greece, Democritus the Atomist (460-370 BC) proposed that qualities like smell come into being only when the atoms of an object interact with the atoms of the human nose (1).
Authors in the twentieth century have seen Gorlaeus as a proto-scientist and early modern atomist, To paraphrase the author of the current work, they did this while shrugging off their perplexity at the lack of knowledge of who Gorlaeus was or how he came by his ideas.
Bostock, along with other Russell scholars, identifies the years between 1911 and 1924 as the period when Russell was a strict logical atomist.
Indeed, this would seem to be the complete opposite of the atomist materialism that you have put forth elsewhere--the nonlinear, resolutely nonanthropomorphic, contingent universe that Lucretius described.
The logical positivist and atomist accounts of science clearly ruled theology "unscientific.
Gerauld de Cordemoy; atomist, occasionalist, Cartesian.
With his belief that "the final real things of which the world is made up" are actual occasions or momentary self-constituting subjects of experience, Whitehead can legitimately be considered a philosophical atomist.
18) Atomist and Stoic views were revived and modified in the scientific revolution.