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ho·lism

(hō'lizm),
1. The principle that an organism, or one of its actions, is not equal to merely the sum of its parts but must be perceived or studied as a whole.
2. The approach to the study of a psychological phenomenon through the analysis of a phenomenon as a complete entity in itself. Compare: atomism.
[G. holos, entire]

holism

/hol·ism/ (hōl´izm) the conception of man as a functioning whole.holis´tic

holism

(hō′lĭz′əm)
n.
1. The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.
2. A holistic investigation or system of treatment.

ho′list n.

holism

[hō′lizəm]
Etymology: Gk, holos, whole
a philosophical concept in which an entity is seen as more than the sum of its parts. Holism is prominent in current approaches to psychology; biology; nursing; medicine; and other scientific, sociological, and educational fields of study and practice. Also spelled wholism.

holism

Psychiatry An approach to the study of the individual in totality, rather than as an aggregate of separate physiologic, psychologic, and social characteristics

ho·lism

(hō'lizm)
1. Principle that an organism, or one of its actions, is not equal to merely the sum of its parts but must be perceived or studied as a whole.
2. The approach to the study of a psychological phenomenon through analysis as a complete entity in itself.
[G. holos, entire]

holism (hōˑ·li·zm),

n 1. the characteristic of being whole, complete, interconnected, indivisible, ordered. In medicine the concept is used to address the entire individual and context rather than focusing only on a part or diagnosis.
2. in biology, the concept according to which the sum of a phenomenon or system cannot be measured, reduced, or observed at the level below that of the entire system.
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As soon as the anti-reductionist articulates what is missing and why it is important, the Humean should be able to fill this gap with a belief or a desire.
In making his blankly truistic responses to the sceptic the anti-reductionist is within his rights: what he says is sanctioned by our practice with these concepts.
His conclusion that it is not depends upon some powerful and eloquently expressed anti-reductionist arguments that echo themes of an earlier essay not reprinted in this book.
Here the anti-reductionist can only confess to an inability to cope with two future selves.
I offer here an anti-reductionist solution to the fission puzzle which leaves pretheoretical moral and prudential intuitions intact.
231-243)--also have anti-reductionist solutions, but I will not attempt those solutions here.
The upshot of this is that I do not find in this essay a persuasive argument that there is any basic defect in the traditional debate between reductionists and anti-reductionists.
Now the anti-reductionists are on the counterattack.

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