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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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This is not to suggest that for Locke, an atomist, matter is infinitely divisible.
Thus, Kymlicka stresses that there is no need to fall back on the idea of the atomist self in order to refute communitarian critiques.
This is especially true when we consider the fact that the atomists, whose theories are central to the novel's sententiae on vision, (76) were notoriously hostile toward love, condemning it as 'intrinsically unsettling and destructive.
This debate is about philosophies of the eternal, purposeless world of the atomist and the Christian view of a world created by an immanent God.
Explicit or implicitly, International Relations' main doctrines and theories agree on a generic appreciation of basic assumptions on which international regime lays to constitute common features, from which we can synthetize three: a) atomist conception of international community; b) conception of power based in material force; and c) absolute predominance of Super Powers or Great powers, in general (Puig 1980).
Interestingly, in place of Heraclitus we are given Leucippus, a Greek atomist who was at home as much with the empty as with the full, and for whom turbulence and complexity are the occasion of "what there is," the whirling from which nothing escapes even while everything comes and goes:
In this paper, I argue that there is a much greater degree of subtlety in the moral thought of Thomas Hobbes and a comparison of him and the ancient atomist, Epicurus.
The Catholic priest Pierre Gassendi followed the atomist tradition from Democritus of ancient Greece, which held that all matter is composed of indivisible solid particles.
Not only did Lucretius explicate the basic hypotheses of the atomist theory, his vivid lines portrayed these early scientific ideas so powerfully that they lingered in the human collective memory and imagination for centuries.
39) De rerum natura essentially follows Epicurus in advancing an atomist conception of laws of nature that arise without any divine lawgiver or providential design; the world we see results from atoms randomly bumping into one another.
56) In Taylor's words, this is an atomist ontology: "a vision of society as in some sense constituted by individuals for the fulfillment of ends which were primarily individual.
Thus vitalism in its most general sense would be a commitment to the animation or spirituality of everything that lives, and would be contrasted both with forms of atomist materialism that reduced matter to that which operates only through mechanical and external relations rather than its own immanent force, and with Cartesianism, which separates mind from body, regarding the latter as devoid of any inner life.
Like Lucretius and Zeno, Tennyson is an atomist whose "finer optic" is attuned to discrete units of sensation.
When it comes to specifying the ontological grounds for Keynesian notions of animal spirits, weight, confidence, and degrees of belief, opinions diverge ranging from intersubjective interpretations (Gillies, 2006), or a re-invigorated atomist approach (Davis, 1989), through to a fully-fledged organicist approach informed by the ethical constructs of G.
For the atomist and the ecologist, living is cut up into pieces before it is lived; it is an anti-life.