Definition of historicism in English:
1The theory that social and cultural phenomena are determined by history.
- He explains Weber's transition from historicism to a historical social science.
- How new are cultural materialism and new historicism, for instance?
- To explicate this paradigm, the study, in addition to the tenets of border theory, draws on the insights of historicism and postcolonial theory.
1.1The belief that historical events are governed by natural laws.
- The role of romance is to assimilate the ‘progress’ of society by naturalizing history via a certain kind of historicism.
- In other words, the primary structures Lukacs identified when criticizing the historicism of the naturalist novel could exist in artworks that portrayed no historical content whatsoever.
- I see a Wordsworthian version of Romantic historicism as self-reflexive, operating within the competing temporalities of modernity.
3(In artistic and architectural contexts) excessive regard for past styles.
- Like architect Charles Moore, Smyth embraced overt historicism as a response to such a setting.
- He argued broadly as follows: Nineteenth-Century historicism had debased the currency of traditional architectural forms.
- This is historicism, and sits comfortably in the old modernist ‘hegemony’ Jencks thinks this is beyond.
- 1historicist noun
- Example sentences
- Like Lukács, too, he is a Hegelian historicist for whom the art that matters is one flushed with the dynamic forces of its age.
- But while Hobbes was a rationalist, Machiavelli was an historicist.
- This is post-metaphysical historicism, after all, and what historicists do is narrate.
Late 19th century: from historic, translating German Historismus.
Definition of historicism in:
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