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- n. One who explains the higher functions and relations of the soul by the association of ideas.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who explains the higher functions and relations of the soul by the association of ideas; e. g., Hartley, J. C. Mill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who advocates the psychological doctrine of associationism.
- n. One who supports the doctrine of association advocated by Fourier and known as Fourierism (which see).
- Pertaining to associationism, in either sense of that word.
- Also associationalist.
'associationist' psychology, brought down to its radical expression: it is useless to ignore its power as a conception.
Furthermore, its conceptual vocabulary stems mainly from German idealist philosophy and this causes problems when translating into materialist and associationist traditions, even regarding some of the most elementary features, such as the I, or the subject.
But this does not detract from the considerable anti-associationist force provided by the sorts of universalities and necessities Kant has in mind, and this fact is recognized by the contemporary discussion.
The associationist might counter that sensory experience is sufficiently uniform for association to produce the universalities and necessities at issue.
In A System of Logic (1843) Mill again provides a critique of psychological hedonism that relies on an associationist account of the development of plural ends that are psychologically autonomous
In fact, Mill offers an associationist story about the evolution of such intrinsic or ultimate desires.
This education was undertaken according to the principle of Bentham's associationist psychology, and aimed to make of the younger Mill a leader in views of the philosophical radicals.
Observations on Man (1749) which clearly, on the one hand, proposed a parallelism between mental states and bodily states, and, on the other hand, articulated with equal clarity an associationist account of learning.
Joseph Priestley had edited Hartley into a textbook of associationist psychology by eliminating much of the physiology (and by also eliminating much of the rather odd theology with which Hartley ended his work).
Mill applies empiricist principles to the ontology of material things and his associationist principles to their perception.