Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

 
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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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Michael Devitt
Fodor I 131
Holism/Devitt: irreducible functional and therefore perhaps holistic concepts are common in nonintentional sciences.
Question/Devitt: why should psychologists be concerned when belief turns out to be holistic?
Fodor/Lepore: Answer: one can have a functionalism of X without having a definition of X! For example, one can have a metaphysical doctrine about the supervenience base of X.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Devi I
M. Devitt
Realism and Truth Princeton 1996

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


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