[mass noun] A doctrine which emphasizes the importance of the context of enquiry in a particular question.
- ‘Taking fallibilism seriously heads off the charge that contextualism encourages strongly anti-rationalist positions such as relativism.’
- ‘Similarly, contextualism and organicism are world hypotheses that tend to see things in terms of wholes, even though they are preoccupied with different dimensions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’