The extraordinary development of physical science over the last two centuries has led to claims that it can explain all aspects of reality. Some scientists have proposed a programme called (scientific) reductionism, describing how this is to be achieved. This chapter argues that the world is too complex and inter-related for an explanation of everything to be possible. (‘possible’ means possible in fact, not possible in principle). Application of the reductionist method to biochemistry and cell physiology, money, information and complexity, and subjective consciousness are discussed.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.