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“Analysis” (ἀνάλυσις, resolutio, resolution, dissection) generally designates the separation of a given into its parts, the determination of its conditions or the investigation of its consequences; “synthesis” (σύνθεσις, compositio), conversely, the connection of individual elements into a whole or the deduction of conclusions. Both terms have acquired specific meanings in mathematics, natural sciences and philosophy: In ancient geometry, analysis referred to the procedure of deriving the proof – itself synthetic – for a hypothetically a…

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Engfer, Jürgen, “Analysis/Synthesis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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