- Also called atomic theory. Philosophy. the theory that minute, discrete, finite, and indivisible elements are the ultimate constituents of all matter.
- Psychology. a method or theory that reduces all psychological phenomena to simple elements.
Origin of atomism
Examples from the Web for atomistic
Such a committee can judge people in full, not as an atomistic collection of receipts and isolated life events.Appoint Real People, Not Saints
Philip K. Howard
March 25, 2009
Its defects lie in its "atomistic view of industry and politics."The I.W.W.
Paul Frederick Brissenden
But the basic structure of Shoshone society remained diffuse and atomistic.Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society
Robert F. Murphy
Democritus, the laughing philosopher, founder of the atomistic theory, 5th century B. C.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
Education needs to shift from the atomistic view that isolates subjects from the whole of reality to a holistic perspective.The Civilization of Illiteracy
This atomistic view of nature can not, for one moment, be regarded as or explained by an error of the reason.The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures
Frederick von Schlegel
- an ancient philosophical theory, developed by Democritus and expounded by Lucretius, that the ultimate constituents of the universe are atomsSee atom (def. 3)
- any of a number of theories that hold that some objects or phenomena can be explained as constructed out of a small number of distinct types of simple indivisible entities
- any theory that holds that an understanding of the parts is logically prior to an understanding of the wholeCompare holism (def. 3)
- psychol the theory that experiences and mental states are composed of elementary units
Word Origin and History for atomistic
1809, in reference to the classical philosophical doctrine of atomism (1670s); modern philosophical sense (logical atomism) traces to 1914 and Bertrand Russell.