Reductionism is any of several related philosophical ideas regarding the associations between phenomena which can be described in terms of other simpler or more fundamental phenomena. It is also described as an intellectual and philosophical position that interprets a complex system as the sum of its parts.
2. The increased perspective offered by science through reductionism has been used to secure increased use of power. Wisdom has been sacrificed for violence. Linking perspective and power in this way has caused the world to be viewed in very narrow terms, with humanity severed from its participatory union with the rest of creation. The world's phenomena have been turned into objects for manipulation and expropriation.
3. Unidimensional theoretical solutions, such as the competing economic paradigms of sheer free market capitalism and socialism, have been shown in practice to be ineffective in dealing with contexts of underdevelopment.