Definition of psychologism in English:


Line breaks: psych|olo¦gism
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈkɒlədʒɪz(ə)m


[mass noun] Philosophy
  • A tendency to interpret events or arguments in subjective terms, or to exaggerate the relevance of psychological factors: philosophical semantics was crippled by psychologism
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    • This disappearance of objective knowledge in Western philosophy has continued in other idealist and subjective guises-positivism, materialism, psychologism and historicism.
    • Frege was also a harsh critic of psychologism in logic: the view that logical truths are truths about psychology.
    • Richards's psychologism had ‘paved the way for the study of poems as independent structures’ or ‘consideration of the poem as a separate world.’

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