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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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.
One might be tempted to say that the seeds of systemic non-Euclidean geometrical speculation can be found in the kalam atomistic theory of physical reality.