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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(11) But even if reductionism fails in psychology, it succeeds in ethics.
His ontology, with its emphasis on historically evolved dispositional facts, avoids problems of essentialism or reductionism. 'To protect the naturalness of certain areas does not mean protecting a state in undisturbed balance, but protecting the specific processes, organisms, populations and adaptive-dynamic relations that we find in a given ecosystem' (p.
There are two chapters that deal explicitly with the historical cases of reductionism and holism.
What can we learn from the way of Jesus about reductionism present in the way of science?
Woese thought that reductionist presuppositions, which have underpinned much of molecular biology, represent a kind of philosophical albatross that results in a "biology that operates from an engineering perspective, a biology that has no genuine guiding vision!" A heavy price was paid for molecular biology's obsession with metaphysical reductionism. It "stripped the organism from its environment; separated it from its history, from the evolutionary flow; and shredded it into parts to the extent that a sense of the whole--the whole cell, the whole multicellular organism, the biosphere--was effectively gone." Today biology must face the great "nonreductionist" topics that molecular biology has left untouched, and they are all part of one master theme: the nature of complex organization.
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.
I find much of his statement to be generalizing without attentiveness to the differences made in specific texts (rather like the generalizing of Joseph Campbell in other directions) and yielding a reductionism in which one size fits all.
I am "anti" the sort of concrete biological reductionism espoused by Dr.
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. I argue that Chambers's witness stands because he experienced the brokenness of his ideological revolt against creation.