[From Greek organikos: pertaining to or structured like an organ, instrument, or tool.]

  1. (metaphysics) The idea that the universe is (or is like) a living organism. This view is similar to holism, although holism asserts that all parts of reality are interconnected rather than that the Earth or the universe is a living thing.

  2. (aesthetics) The idea (which goes back at least as far as Aristotle) that a work of art should be an organic whole, with all its parts or aspects serving one central purpose.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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