Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

 
Reductionism, philosophy: reductionism is a collective term for attempts, to either trace back statements in a subject area to statements from a sub-area of this subject area or equating statements of a subject area with statements of another subject area. The main point here is the justification of such transfers. Reductionism in the narrower sense is the thesis that reduction is possible. Typical reductionisms exist in the domain of the philosophy of mind. See also holism, eliminativism, materialism, physicalism, functionalism.

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Definition Reductionism/Mayr: considers the problem of explanation fundamentally as solved as soon as the reduction to the smallest components is completed.


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Das ist Biologie Heidelberg 1998


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