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reductionism Syllabification: re·duc·tion·ism
Pronunciation: /rəˈdəkSHəˌnizəm/

Definition of reductionism in English:

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.
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.

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