from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.
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- n. the attribution of human characteristics to divine beings
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The representation of the Deity, or of a polytheistic deity, under a human form, or with human attributes and affections.
- n. The ascription of human characteristics to things not human.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ascription of human attributes to supernatural or divine beings; in theology, the conception or representation of God with human qualities and affections, or in a human shape.
- n. The conception of animals, plants, or nature in general, by analogy with man: commonly implying an unscientific use of such analogy.
- n. In pragmatistic philos., that philosophic tendency which, recognizing an absolute impossibility in the attainment by man of any conception that does not refer to human life, proposes frankly to submit to this as a decree of experience and to shape metaphysics to agreement with it. The term was first used in this sense by F. C. S. Schiller (Riddles of the Sphinx). See humanism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
The secret to the charm of her anthropomorphism is the precision of her knowledge of the responses of the creature in movement and emotion.
But "anthropomorphism" is not just a trope but an identification on the level of substance.
Why do we say never to indulge in anthropomorphism?
The charge of anthropomorphism is so threatening to some white coats that, like unreconstructed Cartesians (or the current administration), they have to ignore all relevant facts to stay on course.
As De Man's essay calls our attention to the fact that "anthropomorphism is not just a trope but an identification at the level of substance" (241), it acts out an intensified wariness.
One can validly juxtapose here De Man's conclusion about the occurrence of the word anthropomorphism in Nietzsche's list: "The apparent enumeration is in fact a foreclosure" (241).
But Christianity, in its anthropomorphism, which is its strongest hold on faith and trust, insures for the individual man in a
Are not the reasons on account of which the so-called anthropomorphism is to be rejected, often
It may be used as a reproach in warning against careless reasoning and hasty comparison, but the idea of anthropomorphism is so extensible that it can be extended over all human reasoning and conception.
We have a strong tendency to give nonhuman entities human characteristics (known as anthropomorphism), but why?