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1. The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.
2. A holistic investigation or system of treatment.

ho′list n.


(ˈhəʊlɪst; ˈhɒlɪst)
(Philosophy) philosophy a person who believes in or teaches holism
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In Life: Organic Form and Romanticism, Denise Gigante contends that organic metaphors can result in formally open poems rather than only in holist closure.
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on the problem of explaining necessary connections between distinct existences, and on the dim prospects of holist ontology.
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Van den Brink is aware of the recent writing of Alasdair MacIntyre, and includes his account of tradition-constituted rationality in his overview of the development of holist epistemology.
As a holist, he asks us to be open not only to unfamiliar perspectives but also to the possibility that they will force us to reformulate our precepts.
Rawls refuses the holist and collectivist interpretation of the general will and maintains that Rousseau never envisioned it as the will of the supra-individual collectivity.
The regulation approach has a holist vision, whose departure point is located in the social relations.
That perspective appears more holist and inclusive for orphaned children.