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Holism in Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Physics

Authors: Esfeld, M.

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The Scope of the Project The concept of holism is at the centre of far-reaching changes in various areas of philosophy in the second half of the twentieth century. Holism in epistemology and the philosophy of mind is widespread among analytic philosophers subsequent to the work of the later Wittgenstein and to Quine's "Two Dogmas of Empiricism". Roughly speaking, the claim is that (a) for a person to have beliefs, a social, linguistic community is required and that (b) single beliefs have a meaning only within a whole system of beliefs. Furthermore, holism is discussed in science, in particular in the interpretation of quantum physics. In fact, the term "holism" goes back to Smuts (1926), who introduces this term in a biological context. I Holism in any of these areas has considerable consequences for our philosophical view of the world and ourselves. Holism in quantum physics is said to refute atomism, which has been predominant in modem philosophy of nature. Holism in epistemology and the philosophy of mind is seen as an alternative to what is known as the Cartesian tradition, which dominated modem thought down to logical empiricism.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Holism in Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Physics
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
298
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-1787-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-1787-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7003-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5711-2
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 370
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