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Holism: Holism is the assumption that the elements or the subject domain of a theory are accessible only with simultaneous availability of all elements or objects of this domain. It is also assumed that a change to an element does not exclude changes to all other elements at least. The statement "everything is connected with everything" is however a wrong characterization of the holism, since it is logically erroneous.
 
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Fodor IV 163
Holism/Block/Fodor/Lepore: Block's argument is not transcendental like that of the other authors. He proposes a theory about what content is to then conclude that this theory must be holistic.
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Fodor IV 174
Holism/Semantics of the Conceptual Role/Conceptual Role Theory/CRT/Block: Thesis: the meaning of an expression is its role in the language.
Fodor/LeporeVsBlock: Problem: Dilemma: assuming there is no distinction between analytical/synthetic (a/s), we can conclude translation holism:
"The meaning of an expression is its entire role in the language". (See above, argument A). This was not good enough in the above and will not get better if it is used for CRT.
New: Block's conditions can only be met by a form of CRT that is either
a) incompatible with the (a/s) U, or
b) wrong for reasons which have nothing to do with holism.
So: 1) CRT is not well motivated, 2) it cannot serve as a reason for holism in its serious form.

Block I
N. Block
Consciousness, Function, and Representation: Collected Papers, Volume 1 (Bradford Books) Cambridge 2007

F/L
J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-22