atomistic theory

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Noun1.atomistic theory - (chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles; "the ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Epicurus held atomic theories of the universe"
theory - a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
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And on the other hand, he tackled the problem of intentionality--the fundamental property of the mind--by proposing an atomistic theory of meaning (or content of MRs) that was particularly important for the psychological explanation.
The Church understood the challenge of atomistic theory as it was then called because it introduced randomness as the central core principle of life.
One method is to point out consequences of a metaphysical position and show that they are inadequate--Hume's atomistic theory of sensation, for example, cannot take adequate account of our perception of wholes.
Zilioli's alternative to the theory of flux, which is committed to a radically atomistic theory of perception, is the notion of differing dispositions.