Definitions for eclecticismɪˈklɛk təˌsɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ec•lec•ti•cismɪˈklɛk təˌsɪz əm(n.)
the use or advocacy of an eclectic method.
Category: Architecture, Philosphy
an eclectic method or movement.
Category: Architecture, Common Vocabulary
Origin of eclecticism:
eclecticism, eclectic method(noun)
making decisions on the basis of what seems best instead of following some single doctrine or style
The quality of being eclectic
An approach to thought that draws upon multiple theories to gain complementary insights into phenomena
Any form of art that borrows from multiple other styles
theory or practice of an eclectic
Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases. It can sometimes seem inelegant or lacking in simplicity, and eclectics are sometimes criticized for lack of consistency in their thinking. It is, however, common in many fields of study. For example, most psychologists accept certain aspects of behaviorism, but do not attempt to use the theory to explain all aspects of human behavior. A statistician may use frequentist techniques on one occasion and Bayesian ones on another.
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