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.
I still sense that Aster’s implied higher level principles presuppose some kind of organicism here — not that she personally accepts them.
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.
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).
If I've drifted into poor methodology here, the problem is a form of atomism, not organicism.
Maybe the International style was less about not emulating biological organicism and more about giving geology a little respect.
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.
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"
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.