Definition of contextualism in English:



mass nounPhilosophy
  • A doctrine which emphasizes the importance of the context of enquiry in a particular question.

    • ‘There is a social dimension to contextualism that we have ignored with dreadful results.’
    • ‘In very general terms, epistemological contextualism maintains that whether one knows is somehow relative to context.’
    • ‘Taking fallibilism seriously heads off the charge that contextualism encourages strongly anti-rationalist positions such as relativism.’
    • ‘Simulation, evocation, contextualism: call it what you will, but this thing that we designers are so good at seems to serve a basic human need.’
    • ‘Similarly, contextualism and organicism are world hypotheses that tend to see things in terms of wholes, even though they are preoccupied with different dimensions.’