Principle of Organic Unities

Discipline: Philosophy

Principle that a whole may have a value which is different from, and not predictable on the basis of, the values of its parts.

The attractiveness, for example, of a picture cannot normally be predicted from that of each color-patch taken separately.

The principle was made much of by George Edward Moore (1873-1958), who distinguished his use from earlier, non-ethical, uses.

Also see: holism, organicism

G E Moore, Principia Ethica (1903), 18-22


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