Definition of reductionism in English:


Line breaks: re|duc¦tion|ism
Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʌkʃ(ə)nɪz(ə)m


[mass noun] often derogatory
The practice of analysing and describing a complex phenomenon in terms of its simple or fundamental constituents, especially when this is said to provide a sufficient explanation.
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  • The main enemies are psychologism, reductionism, idealism, and the distortion of the phenomena by philosophical systems.
  • That does not require that in embracing naturalism one also embrace determinism, physicalism, and reductionism.
  • In contrast to reductionism, there is the view that testimony is itself a ‘basic’ source of warrant.



noun& adjective
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  • Contrary to what your consult implies in his response, I am not a vitalist, a reductionist, or a physicalist.
  • This kind of reductionist approach is not a new idea in philosophy.
  • I think it's a bit reductionist to move it to being equivalent with evil; that's not what I intended in the original post.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk/
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  • The scientific method is necessarily reductionistic.
  • Davies has written several books decrying the tendency of scientists to be overly reductionistic in their analyses.
  • So please forgive me if this comes across as superficial and reductionistic.

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