holism

[hoh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
Philosophy. the theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts. Compare organicism ( def 1 ).
2.
Also, holiatry. Medicine/Medical. care of the entire patient in all aspects of well-being, including physical, psychological, and social.
3.
Psychology. any psychologic system postulating that the human mind must be studied as a unit rather than as a sum of its individual parts.

Origin:
hol- + -ism; term introduced by J.C. Smuts in Holism and Evolution (1926)

holist, noun

holism, wholism.
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holism (ˈhəʊlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  any doctrine that a system may have properties over and above those of its parts and their organization
2.  See also alternative medicine the treatment of any subject as a whole integrated system, esp, in medicine, the consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease
3.  philosophy reductionism Compare atomism one of a number of methodological theses holding that the significance of the parts can only be understood in terms of their contribution to the significance of the whole and that the latter must therefore be epistemologically prior
 
[C20: from holo- + -ism]

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holism ho·lism (hō'lĭz'əm)
n.

  1. The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.

  2. A holistic investigation or system of treatment.


ho·lis'tic (hō-lĭs'tĭk) adj.
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Science should not be fear-based, it should interface with holism, and stop trying to beat-down the valid aspects of spirit.
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