holism

[From Greek holos: whole, complete, entire.]

  1. (metaphysics) The idea that all things and events in the universe are inseparably connected. Holism is opposed to dualism but respects particularism and therefore is also generally opposed to monism because interconnection does not imply unity. The basic principle of holism is sometimes also applied to move particular topics, such as the view (opposed to dualism) that human beings are a seamless combination of mind and body.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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