Definition of perspectivism in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈspektəˌvizəm/


1 Philosophy The theory that knowledge of a subject is inevitably partial and limited by the individual perspective from which it is viewed. See also relativism.
Example sentences
  • By juxtaposing Popper against Nietzsche, I would outline an abductive system which connects individual perspectivism with scientific reality (however naive the prospect).
  • In Nietzsche's perspectivism, two basic notions come together.
  • What is resisted in both Nietzsche's embodied/embedded perspectivism and his elitism is universalism.
2The practice of regarding and analyzing a situation or work of art from different points of view.
Example sentences
  • If one tried to press his perspectivism harder than that, it would seem very dubious.
  • Such perspectivism is not to be mistaken for relativism, however.
  • To do so requires a width and breadth of perspective on the human condition that are at the furthest possible distance from the perspectivism and narcissism of so much contemporary historiography.



Example sentences
  • A sudden jump to the nineteenth century looks at architectural photography, comparing it to the work of the topographical perspectivists.
  • Desargues, taking the perspectivist's preoccupation with foreshortening objects in the grid, instead treats the grid as its own object.
  • That was central to the tradition of perspectivist landscape painting.

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Syllabification: per·spec·tiv·ism

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