Definition of reductionism in English:

reductionism

Syllabification: re·duc·tion·ism
Pronunciation: /riˈdəkSHəˌnizəm
 
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noun

often • derogatory
  • The practice of analyzing and describing a complex phenomenon in terms of phenomena that are held to represent a simpler or more fundamental level, especially when this is said to provide a sufficient explanation.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

reductionist

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.

reductionistic

Pronunciation: /riˌdəkSHəˈnistik/
adjective
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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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