chapter  2
THE PRINCIPLE OF MICRO-REDUCTION
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This partiality toward micro-reductive theories derives, I believe, from a deeper and more subtle prejudice which consists in the universal predisposition to equate physical order with logical order. We tend to take it for granted that the physical relationship of things determines the logical relationship of propositions referring to them. Consequently it is assumed that propositions describing the properties of a physically 'complex' whole are logically more 'complex' than those referring to the properties of its constituent parts. Therefore it is expected that statements of the former sort should be derivable from statements about the behaviour of the 'elements' or 'simple' parts of a material system since these latter statements are regarded as necessarily more 'elementary' or 'simple'.