biological reductionism

(noun) A theory stating all social phenomena have a biological explanation.

Example: Standardized test scores between different ethnicities occur because of biological differences.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: biological reductionisms
  • Biological reductionism has been used to explain crime, mental illness, patriarchy, and poverty or to defend eugenics and Social Darwinism.
  • Not to be confused with biological determinism.
  • A type of reductionism.
  • Also called biologism.
  • A (noun) biological reductionist views society (adverb) biological reductionally from a (adjective) biological reductionistic perspective.

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