contextualism

contextualism

[kuhn-teks-choo-uh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
(in motion-picture criticism) the theory that all incidents in a film must be viewed in the social, political, and cultural context with which the film concerns itself and in which it was made.
2.
Architecture. the aesthetic position that a building or the like should be designed for harmony or a meaningful relationship with other such elements already existing in its vicinity.

Origin:
1925–30; contextual + -ism

contextualist, noun, adjective
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Main Entry:  contextualism1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context surrounding a question
Usage:  philosophy
Main Entry:  contextualism2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a doctrine emphasizing the application of ideas or the practicalness of certain concepts and beliefs; pragmatism
Usage:  philosophy
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