semantic holism

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The view that the fundamental unit of significance is neither an individual word, nor a single sentence, but a whole theory or set of thoughts. The idea is that you could not, for example, just believe one thing about an object, for to understand the very idea of an object involves having memories, expectations, views about its powers and dis-positions, and so on, eventually involving other things and a whole world-view.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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