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  • n. Any of a group of doctrines that stress the importance of context

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  • n. any doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context in solving problems or establishing the meaning of terms


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contextual +‎ -ism


  • Relativism or "contextualism" as it is sometimes known, is the more difficult of the two extremes to deal with because there are often immediate political consequences to a rejection of popular beliefs held by significant minorities, which nevertheless do not square with basic ethical, logical, or epistemological principles, much less imperical evidence.

    Faith, Relativism, and Liberalism

  • Theorists writing under the label "contextualism," such as David Lewis

    The Epistemic Closure Principle

  • It is "a very successful example of architectural contextualism, a design approach that was to become particularly popular in the course of the 1980s, and therefore a key representative of its time," according to the Twentieth Century Society, which wants to see it listed.

    Heritage or horror? Row over Broadgate demolition plan

  • That's another way of saying, sometimes contextualism is overrated.

    A Sliver Shines Above Midtown

  • The extreme positions might work well for Monticello or the Pompidou Center, but the communities where we have workedare filled with nuances that are not always detected by an overly sensitive contextualism or an insensitive authenticity.

    Frank Gruber: A Fourth Urbanism, Part 4: More on the "Why" of Cityism

  • The contrast between Freud's instinctual determinism and Nietzsche's contextualism and historicism parallels contemporary psychoanalytic debates about whether human destructiveness is to be comprehended primarily as a manifestation of an innate aggressive drive (later Freud and Melanie Klein) or primarily as a reaction to frustration (earlier Freud) or narcissistic injury (Kohut).

    Robert D. Stolorow: "Radical Evil"

  • Austin, John Langshaw | contextualism, epistemic |

    Situations in Natural Language Semantics

  • In fact, it seems even worse if contextualism about the meaning of theoretical terms is adopted.

    Structural Realism

  • He views contextualism as a theory of knowledge attribution.


  • Keith DeRose (1999: 188) makes a rather similar move in defending contextualism in epistemology.



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