Definition of logocentric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlɒɡə(ʊ)ˈsɛntrɪk/


Regarding words and language as a fundamental expression of an external reality (especially applied as a negative term to traditional Western thought by postmodernist critics).
Example sentences
  • Even coming from a Western, logocentric perspective, most readers have no trouble entering this world and accepting that the beautiful woman is actually kin to deer, or that her human relatives can communicate in some way with pines.
  • Zimmerman uses provocative statements from the playwrights concerning the creative process and their artistic aims only to box them into a logocentric, traditional understanding of theatre.
  • There are even languages where logocentric predicates are further restricted.



Example sentences
  • This is a principle wholly at odds with logocentrism and the metaphysics of presence.
  • For one thing, it is needlessly redundant, since it basically comes down to saying that Kant's logocentrism ensures that logocentrism conceives the fine arts in a logocentric manner.
  • In Derrida's opinion, logocentrism attributes to logos the origin of truth.


1930s: from Greek logos 'word, reason' + -centric.

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