Definitions for organicismɔrˈgæn əˌsɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•gan•i•cismɔrˈgæn əˌsɪz əm(n.)

  1. Philos.the view that some systems resemble organisms in having parts that function in relation to the whole to which they belong. Cf. holism.

    Category: Philosphy

  2. Pathol. the doctrine that all symptoms arise from organic disease.

    Category: Pathology

  3. a view of society as an autonomous entity analogous to and following the same developmental pattern as a biological organism.

Origin of organicism:

1850–55; organic+ -ism


Princeton's WordNet

  1. organicism(noun)

    theory that the total organization of an organism rather than the functioning of individual organs is the determinant of life processes


  1. organicism(Noun)

    The treatment of society or the universe as if it were an organism

  2. organicism(Noun)

    The theory that the total organization of an organism is more important than the functioning of its individual organs

  3. organicism(Noun)

    The theory that disease is a result of structural alteration of organs


  1. Organicism

    Organicism is the philosophical perspective which views the universe and its parts as organic wholes and - either by analogy or literally - as living organisms. It can be synonymous with holism. Organicism is an important tradition within the history of natural philosophy where it has remained as a vital current alongside reductionism and mechanism, the approaches that have dominated science since the seventeenth century. Plato is among the earliest philosophers to have regarded the universe as an intelligent living being. Organicism flourished for a period during the era of German romanticism during which time the new science of biology was first defined by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. Within modern-day biological sciences organicism is the approach that stresses the organization, rather than the composition, of organisms. William Emerson Ritter first used the term in this sense in 1919 after which it became well-accepted during the course of the 20th century.

Anagrams of organicism

  1. organismic


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