Definition of organicism in English:


Line breaks: or¦gani|cism
Pronunciation: /ɔːˈganɪsɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 1The doctrine that everything in nature has an organic basis or is part of an organic whole.
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    • Much of his work at Harvard focused on metaphysics, especially his emphasis on organicism and process.
    • Low mysticism is immanent, relies on a sort of pantheistic organicism; high mysticism is transcendent, depending on gods / God that is beyond.
    • Similarly, contextualism and organicism are world hypotheses that tend to see things in terms of wholes, even though they are preoccupied with different dimensions.
  • 2The use or advocacy of literary or artistic forms in which the parts are connected or coordinated in the whole.
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    • It tended to read as a superficial organicism applied over the work's underlying axiality.
    • One felt, in her marriage of geometry and chaos, something of the Post-Minimal organicism of Eva Hesse.
    • Hesse's abstract organicism feels very present, especially in the many wall-mounted sculptures featuring the large pods that have become something of a hallmark for Neff.



adjective & noun
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  • He's speaking the language of organicist conservatism - a credo of natural hierarchies and congenital cultural partitions.
  • Ostensibly an organicist term for civil society, which enjoyed much currency during the seventeenth century, it nevertheless has a long and interesting genesis.
  • But how many on the right, aside from Schmitt, explicitly rejected German Romanticism - the main current of German conservatism, with its organicist ideas of the volk - as intellectually and politically bankrupt?


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  • About the historical origins of the organicistic viewpoint in biology a great deal could be said.
  • There are two schools of thought about the nature of schizophrenia: the organicistic school and the psychodynamic school.


mid 19th century: from French organicisme.

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