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  • adj. Of or pertaining to historicism
  • n. An advocate of historicism


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  • My comments about "historicist" arguments were in the context of responses on the forum on which I made them, and Don has misrepresented them as applicable generally.

    Mythicist Misunderstanding

  • Which reminds me that despite all the nonsense that is written all the time about Jesus from both the mythicist and theologically driven "historicist" camps you do find occasionally nuggets of gold.

    More Mythicist-Creationist Parallels

  • But even more importantly it taught me, long before I had heard the word "historicist," to think of the world around me as historically contingent, to view the found world not as eternal but as something that might be otherwise, and sooner or later would be.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Many people I talk to--even academics in other fields--profess great surprise at how "historicist" or "non-theoretical" the projects that I and most of my friends work on are.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • The problem arises when these scholars, and their popularizers like Beck and Goldberg, treat all American liberalism and leftism from World War I until the 21st century as the continuation of early 20th century progressivism, the better to denounce today's liberalism as "historicist" and "relativist" and lump it with the Confederate and Nazi ideology.


  • Neither were the styles chosen evenly 'historicist' or archaeologic in their composition, often incorporating in their massing a hint of the skyscraper.

    New Liturgical Movement

  • "historicist" and "relativist" and lump it with the Confederate and Nazi ideology.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • The developer, a partnership of the Durst Organization and Sidney Fetner Associates, opted against swinging too far in the historicist direction, preserving every remnant of what is a graceful, yet fairly unremarkable century-old building.

    At Apartment House, a Blend of the Old and the New

  • He may well be sporting a sort of historicist moustache as well.

    Barneys New York's Simon Doonan on the Bow Tie—Its Comeback, Characteristics and Caveats

  • Thus academic criticism of the historicist and cultural studies varieties may result in something that could be called knowledge (although not always), but it is not knowledge of literature.

    June 2010


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