Reductionism

Reductionism

WordNet



noun


(1)   The analysis of complex things into simpler constituents
(2)   A theory that all complex systems can be completely understood in terms of their components
Wiktonary



Noun



reductionism
  1. an approach to studying complex systems or ideas by reducing them to a set of simpler components
  2. (in philosophy) any of several theories holding that complex systems or ideas can always be reduced to a set of simpler components