Synechism (from Gr. "vvveXis", continuous, from "ex'ty", to hold together), a philosophical term proposed by CS Peirce ("Monist", ii. 534) to express the general theory that the essential feature in philosophic speculation is continuity.
It is specially directed to the question of
hypothesis, and holds that a hypothesis is justifiable only on the ground that it provides an explanation. All understanding of facts consists in generalizing concerning them. The fact that some things are ultimate may be recognized by the synechist without abandoning his standpoint, since synechism is a normative or regulative principle, not a theory of existence.
The adjective "synechological" is used in the same general sense; "synechology" is a theory of continuity or universal causation; "synechia" is a term in
ophthalmologyfor a morbid union of parts.
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