Definition of Reductionism

1. Noun. A theory that all complex systems can be completely understood in terms of their components.

Generic synonyms: Theory



2. Noun. The analysis of complex things into simpler constituents.
Generic synonyms: Analysis, Analytic Thinking

Definition of Reductionism

1. Noun. an approach to studying complex systems or ideas by reducing them to a set of simpler components ¹

2. Noun. (philosophy) any of several theories holding that complex systems or ideas can always be reduced to a set of simpler components ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reductionism

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Literary usage of Reductionism

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1. Isolation and Aggregation in Economics by Ekkehart Schlicht (1985)
"5.5.2 Revised reductionism Although the fundamental nature of the hermeneutic ... This revised reductionism, as we might call it, tends to deny the ..."

2. Newtonian Physics by Benjamin Crowell (2003)
"Isolated systems and reductionism To avoid having to study everything at once, scientists isolate the things they are trying to study. ..."

3. Understanding the Brain: Towards a New Learning Science by OECD Staff, (Paris) Organisation for Economic Co-ope (2002)
"Many scientists would argue that the brain is the most complex system in the universe (see "Beyond reductionism", in Science, Vol. 284, April 1999). ..."

4. The Lab, the Temple, and the Market: Reflections at the Intersection of by Sharon Harper (2000)
"Scientism and reductionism are also linked to a mechanical picture of the world. Newton based his work on the notion of a mechanistic universe, ..."

5. Methods and Styles in the Development of Chemistry by Joseph Stewart Fruton (2002)
"The philosophical basis of mid-nineteenth century German reductionism. ... Quantum Mechanics and reductionism. Berlin: Springer; SJ Weininger (1984). ..."

6. Methods and Styles in the Development of Chemistry by Joseph Stewart Fruton (2002)
"The philosophical basis of mid-nineteenth century German reductionism. J. Hist. Med. ... Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and reductionism. ..."

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