from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The concept that society or the universe is analogous to a biological organism, as in development or organization.
  • n. The doctrine that the total organization of an organism, rather than the functioning of individual organs, is the principal or exclusive determinant of every life process.
  • n. Pathology The theory that all disease is associated with structural alterations of organs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The treatment of society or the universe as if it were an organism
  • n. The theory that the total organization of an organism is more important than the functioning of its individual organs
  • n. The theory that disease is a result of structural alteration of organs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of the localization of disease, or which refers it always to a material lesion of an organ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, the doctrine of the localization of disease; the theory which refers all disease to material lesions of organs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. theory that the total organization of an organism rather than the functioning of individual organs is the determinant of life processes


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  • All this is familiar, of course, as is the political organicism which is its corollary.

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  • I still sense that Aster’s implied higher level principles presuppose some kind of organicism here — not that she personally accepts them.

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  • Book Made of Forest is exactly that; its poems exhibit a sort of humble, subtle, contemplative organicism that cannot be taught, and that connotes an earnest and unaffected attachment to the natural both literally and aesthetically.

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  • Writing from a Deleuzian perspective, Iain Hamilton Grant distinguishes organicism from the notion of "organization" with which it is associated in Raymond Williams 'Keywords (227-29).

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  • If I've drifted into poor methodology here, the problem is a form of atomism, not organicism.

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  • Maybe the International style was less about not emulating biological organicism and more about giving geology a little respect.

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  • I think this is a major reason that baroque complexity is added by design to many human systems, games and otherwise: because they are systems which need to simulate adaptability, portability, flexibility, which need to mimic the organicism and mutability of life itself.

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  • A lecture on organicism, reprinted in Needham and Baldwin 1949, pp. 179-190.


  • Joseph Viscomi asserts that "working on metal with the tools of poet and painter enabled Blake to create a multi-media space, a 'site' where poetry, painting, and printmaking came together in ways both original and characteristic of Romanticism's fascination with autographic gesture, with spontaneity, intimacy, and organicism"

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  • Also his emphasis on continuity and his commitment to organicism exhibit a typically modernist belief in harmonious wholes that was not shared by Derrida or by postmodernists generally.

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