- the theory that every complex phenomenon, especially in biology or psychology, can be explained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanisms that are in operation during the phenomenon.
- the practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.
Origin of reductionism
Examples from the Web for reductionist
Contemporary Examples of reductionist
Democrats tend to believe that the facts will set them free, and that spinning them is reductionist.Republicans Embrace Theatrics—It’s Time for Barack Obama to Do the Same
July 20, 2012
And Gitlin's blanket assumption that being gay means who you 'sleep with' is reductionist bigotry.Andrew Sullivan's Kagan Crusade
May 11, 2010
The noteworthy difference: In this case, the reductionist rhetoric caricatures fervent supporters rather than staunch critics.The RNC's Self-Inflicted Wound
March 4, 2010
Historical Examples of reductionist
Literate language is a reductionist machine, which we use to look at the world from the perspective of our own experience.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- the analysis of complex things, data, etc, into less complex constituents
- often derogatory any theory or method that holds that a complex idea, system, etc, can be completely understood in terms of its simpler parts or components