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Any proof for reductionism

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12/23/2013 4:52:09 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Richard Dawkins seem to appeal to the reductionist paradigm of studying the natural world, when reductionism seems to be rejected by some philosophers. W.V. Quine even calls reductionism a "metaphysical article of faith" and argues:

"The dogma of reductionism survives in the supposition that each statement, taken in isolation from is fellows, can admit of confirmation or information at all. My countersuggestion, issuing essentially from Carnap"s doctrine of the physical world in the Aufbau, is that our statements about the external world face the tribunal of sense experience not individually but only as a corporate body. "

This acts as a prelude for Quine's holism which goes against applying reductionism and logical positivism as some empiricists do. Reductionism here is defined as "the belief that every meaningful statement is equivalent to some logical construct upon terms that refer to immediate experience."