reductionism


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a theory that all complex systems can be completely understood in terms of their components

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the analysis of complex things into simpler constituents

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Through examining facets of the way of science and the way of Jesus, my intention is to uncover situations in which reductionism seems to have had the final word in our current context.
According to Woese, biologists have come increasingly to realize the limits of the reductionism that accompanied the rise of molecular biology.
So, Hegel's naturalism is an Aristotelian one, not the modern version of reductionism.
Yet Gazzaniga has by no means freed himself of the Reification Fallacy that underlies the reductionism he deplores.
Moreover, Engel's case against biologic reductionism in medicine is analogous to the challenge we face today in obstetric ethics, with frequent use of two rights-based reductionism models for ethical thinking.
In what follows, I want to explain why it seems that not even reductionism (which comes in both realist and constructivist varieties) delivers a complete grounding for morality.
The "diverse" evidence reflects a "complex" practice that refuses any reductionism.
A related issue, unexplored in early-period scholarship but taken up by Siderits, is mereological (part/whole) reductionism, the idea that all conditioned phenomena that appear to be substantive wholes do not ultimately exist as such, that is, as anything beyond their aggregated parts.
Gregory begins with a taxonomy and critique of anti-religious reductionism framed by the case of Anabaptist Jacob de Roore.
Amr Salama's sophomore feature, "Asmaa," is pitched as a brave story for the Arab world, but no such reductionism is required for this fact-based tale of an HIV-positive woman who went public with the disease on a chatshow.
In this paper, the authors suggest the level-structure of moral thinking from the most abstract level to the most biological-physical level and reductionism in the philosophy of science is introduced as a framework for analysis.
Kaut (2011) encourages mental health counselors to consider biological reductionism as the preferred lens through which to understand both psychological and emotional symptoms and the high prevalence and superior efficacy of psychopharmaceuticals.
The grandson dismissed my book on Chambers as "right-wing" reductionism.
She discusses themes related to modern science, like the formation of physical-mathematical intelligibility, from Galilean mechanics and the origin of dynamics to quantum theory, the question of biological reductionism, and the power relations present in the social and behavioral sciences, arguing for practices that take into account how scientific knowledge evolves, their constraints and obligations, and their impact on the sciences and beyond.
It strives to find the balance between the reductionism and scepticism of a biomedical approach to healing and that of the instinctive, holistic herbalist who holds a strong belief in nature's curative powers.