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at·om·ism

(at'ŏm-izm),
The approach to the study of a psychological phenomenon through analysis of the elementary parts of which it is assumed to be composed. Compare: holism.

atomism

A term of uncertain utility for the analysis of the individual components of psychological phenomena.
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See Newton as Philosopher (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 108, but it's clear that Leibniz for one placed Newton in the atomist camp.
However, this does not mean that people can distance themselves from all of their ends at once--there is no need to rely on an unencumbered, atomist self--but they are potentially capable of distancing themselves from each of their ends individually.
Our evidence from the earlier atomists is scant on this matter, (78) but Lucretius puts his discourse on the perils of love and sex at the end of a book (4) that is primarily concerned with the physical processes involved in vision.
Nonetheless, Dworkin shares the atomist mode of thought of much contemporary liberalism, regarding institutional structures simply as in the nature of collective instruments.
This argument would have little purchase against a committed atomist, as Sedley himself admits: 'Aristotle's argument here is designed to convince Aristotelians, not atomists' (194).
Interestingly enough, Planck had originally been one of the opponents to the atomist theory; opinions change.
Most Jesuit savants, however, opted to steer clear of the Scylla of Copernicanism and the Charybdis of atomist physics--perilously encroaching on the doctrine of the Eucharist--and turned to the relatively safer enterprise of experimental physics.
We will here (re)consider an Aristotelian version of the Library of Babel to place in higher relief the more dynamic and intriguing conception of the Library as having fidelity to an atomist cosmology.
14) The best access point to understanding Hegelian irony is to look back to his account of mutual recognition: once a person has entered into relations of mutual recognition with others, it would be ironic to go back and pretend to take up the perspective of the atomist or solipsist.
Abstract: The article approaches the attempts at theoretical reduction of the mental and the social and mantains that the reductionist projects are based on ontological and epistemological presuppositions that relate to an atomist vision of the world that grounds untenable humean conceptions of causality and explanation.
By placing Italian immigrant testimony into the atomist view, Yans-McLaughlin's analysis of the Italian perspective remains merely critical, not comparative:
It is, of course, a further question whether the argument from the self-sufficient community could ultimately be accepted by a liberal atomist.