The Metamorphosis of Holism

  • Elena Gagliasso


This article explores anti-reductionist tendencies and the variety of their theories and metodologies. Anti-reductionism is seen principally as a critique of reductionistic methodologies: from vitalism (XVIII century), to Naturphilosophie (XIX century), to systemic theories ([5]), or from autopoiesis (Maturana, Varela, 1980), to auto-organizing theories ([18]). These different areas are examined from historical and theoretical points of view, taking into account ontological and epistemological aspects. The final part focuses on key aspects of contemporary organicism and holism.


Living World Xviii Century Epistemological Aspect Contemporary Organicism Reductionistic Methodology 
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  • Elena Gagliasso
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Studi Filosofici ed EpistemologiciUniversità degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

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