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Pragmatic Holism - Bruce Edmonds

7 Conclusion - combining a plurality of techniques

The conclusion is thus, maybe disappointing: you need to think about the applicability of the reductionist technique before using it (just like any other technique) regardless of the answer to the abstract reductionist/holist question.

Such an awareness opens up the possibility of a more systematic study of ways of combining techniques for the successful elicitation of knowledge. Ways which would include developing more effective ways of using different types of knowledge to further guide and refine that search. Such practical heuristics are maybe all that we finally have - rejecting both blinkered single-strategy approaches and the extreme relativism of anything goes.

Pragmatic Holism - Bruce Edmonds - 22 FEB 96
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