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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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These ancient atomists held quite bland visions of public life.
He may indeed be a staunch atomist, but he certainly cannot be faulted for failing to give the opposing camp more than their share of a fair hearing
Against the epistemological atomist, therefore, Dummett argues that "our ability to discriminate, within reality, objects of any particular kind results from our having learned to use expressions, names or general terms, with which are associated a criterion of identity which yields segments of reality of just that shape.
What the atomist Epicurus called ataraxia--the tranquility of mind achieved when one is freed from the fear of occult controllers--Lucretius transformed into a prophetic materialism.
The complement of this view is the modern emphasis on the atomist "individual" possessed of a phalanx of rights.
Both works contain a fully worked-out atomist doctrine, which according to Lasswitz's chronology makes Gorlaeus the earliest professing atomist after Giordano Bruno (1548-1600).
I am an atomist," Tichy declares, meaning that his work is concerned with dissolving the apparent solidity of the perceived world.
Boyle's characterization of his opponents is uncharitable, assuming, for example, that the atomist is committed to the Epicurean thesis that atoms move at the same rate, but his discussion is interesting not least for the way he presents contemporary problems of natural philosophy.
with the thinking of Democritus, an atomist and materialist, and so draws the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
All commit the function atomist fallacy: analysing separately the optimal government level and borders for each administrative function.
There he claims it is conceivable that one could be an ontological atomist and yet a "holist" when it comes to political programs, or the reverse, or a matched pair in either direction.
Gerauld de Cordemy: Atomist, Occasionalist, Cartesian.