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Definition of the noun holism

What does holism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: holisms

  1. the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole
    • example: holism holds that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of holism: holistic theory
    • antonym of holism: atomism
    • more generic word: theory = a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world

Alternative definition of the noun holism


  1. A theory or belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  2. A practice based on such theory or belief.


"Holism" is a book by Jerry Fodor.

  • also known as "Holism: a shopper's guide"


Holism is the idea that natural systems and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. This often includes the view that systems function as wholes and that their functioning cannot be fully understood solely in terms of their component parts.

  • also known as 整全觀

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Holism

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Google previewThe Bahnm Dictionary of Holistic Horse Medicine and Management (1998)

by Keith Allison

Holism is a philosophy founded on the belief that all systems in nature are part of a whole and that disruption to any part of...

Google previewUnity of Knowledge (in Transdisciplinary Research for Sustainability) - Volume I (2008)

by Gertrude Hirsch Hardon

Social holism is a thesis about all possible persons—independently of whatever biological constraints there are in order...

Google previewA Journey in Search of Wholeness and Meaning (2010)

by Rupert Clive Collister

Holism is the more fundamental concept and in its most far-reaching reactions transforms, transcends and absorbs the concept of mechanism, (p. 162) Though intrigued and inspired by Einstein, Rutherford, and Bohr and advances in New ...

Google previewThe Journey Toward Complete Recovery (1998)

by Michael Picucci

Holism is the goal of Authentic Process Therapy (APT). It encompasses not only the feeling of being...

Google previewDeath'S Dominion: Ethics At The End Of Life (2006)

Ethics at the end of life by Woods, Simon

Holism is the view that the person is a complex physical, psycho-social and spiritual entity...

Google previewReligion and Ecology (2014)

Developing a Planetary Ethic by Whitney A. Bauman

Holism is a way of understanding reality that is in contradistinction to dualism and atomism. In other words, it suggests that all reality is interrelated. From a post perspective, wholism is problematic because it suggests that there is a whole/ unity ...

Google previewTreatise on Basic Philosophy (1979)

Ontology II: A World of Systems by Mario BUNGE

Holism, Atomism, Systemism There are three possible doctrines concerning wholes: holism, atomism, and systemism. Holism is the ontological view that stresses ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

like alcoholism, is a lifelong condi— tion —Susan Walton, New York Times, col — umn, New York Times,June 4, 1987 The cowardice Walton is comparing to alco— holism is that which drives the person who al— ways does what is expected ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Epistemology - Second Edition (2009)

by Jack S. Crumley II

holism is the view that our belief system as a whole is confirmed or disconfirmed by science. Hence, we cannot talk about the empirical content of a particular sentence. Quine thus rejects the second “dogma of empiricism,” which claims that ...

Google previewEmergence and Convergence (2003)

Qualitative Novelty and the Unity of Knowledge by Mario Bunge

Semantic Semantic holism is the view that the meaning of any single conceptual or linguistic item is determined by the entire body of intellectual culture. Since no single person can be expected to know everything, semantic holism is not ...

Google previewMedia and Health (2002)

by Clive Seale

On the whole, though, Coward eschews any Marxist analysis for one that suggests holism is an exercise in self-surveillance, realising a pervasive disciplinary power that contains profoundly moralistic and indeed punitive messages, leading to ...

Google previewZoneModa Journal 03 (2014)

Pop – Cultures/Fashion by Giovanni Matteucci, Lucio Spaziante

Holism means a coherent, organic way of seeing reality, the human being and existence.Fabris (2003,p. 218)gives theexample ofthequality assessmentof a product: froma holisticpoint ofview,the concept ofquality is extendedto the entiretyofthe ...

Google previewRenewing the Covenant (1996)

A Theology for the Postmodern Jew by Eugene B. Borowitz

Here, as elsewhere, holism means the field effect of each.

Google previewSupportive Care for the Urology Patient (2005)

by David Currow

Holism is a well-known notion used in health care to mean that there should be a balance of mind, body, and spirit for the maintenance of health in a person. This notion is based on the assumption that these parts are inseparable and function ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

Holism . Any theory which approaches its subject matterasawhole rather than bit by bit. An example would be Quine's viewthat'ourstatements about the external world face the tribunal of sense experience not individually Homological .

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries G-O (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

Contrary to methodological HOLISM (which emphasizes the influence of social groups), methodological individualism does not promote the study of social structures and social processes, but instead examines individual actions, attitudes, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

A - E by Mark Bevir

The meaning holism associated with anti-foundationalism has implications for social ontology. Meaning holism implies that our concepts are not simply given to us by the world as it is; rather, we build them by drawing on our prior theories in ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics (2004)

by Charles François

HOLISM. ii. 7. 3). "A descriptive and investigative strategy which seeks to find the smallest number of explanatory principles by paying careful attention to the emergent properties of the whole, as opposed to the behavior of the isolated parts, ...

Google previewThe John Adair Lexicon of Leadership (2011)

The Definitive Guide to Leadership Skills and Knowledge by John Adair

The word 'holism' (from the Greek word for whole) had ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

STRONG HOLISM: A health care aspect of super naturalistic pantheism, or Spinozism, which holds that nature is divine. According to strong holism, the universe is uninterrupted in substance and the unbroken whole, ...

Google previewNelson's Perpetual Loose-leaf Encyclopaedia (1909)

An International Work of Reference by John Huston Finley

the eminent South African statesman, lawyer and soldier, entitled Holism and Evolution ...

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