Definition of logocentric in English:



  • Regarding words and language as a fundamental expression of an external reality (especially applied as a negative term to traditional Western thought by postmodernist critics).

    • ‘For one thing, it is needlessly redundant, since it basically comes down to saying that Kant's logocentrism ensures that logocentrism conceives the fine arts in a logocentric manner.’
    • ‘Such linguistic or logocentric approaches to the arts have tended to distort or blur understandings of art on its own terms.’
    • ‘Even coming from a Western, logocentric perspective, most readers have no trouble entering this world and accepting that the beautiful woman is actually kin to deer, or that her human relatives can communicate in some way with pines.’
    • ‘It is spatialized vertically, organized chromatically, and this hierarchical spatialization is logocentric in its opposition between orality and literacy.’
    • ‘A new dementia had set in that corresponded in many ways to the confusion of the present - the advanced stages of representation in a culture still based on a logocentric conception of truth.’
    • ‘Why should intuitive mothers reduce themselves down to our stupid logocentric system of male-domination?’
    • ‘There are even languages where logocentric predicates are further restricted.’
    • ‘Zimmerman uses provocative statements from the playwrights concerning the creative process and their artistic aims only to box them into a logocentric, traditional understanding of theatre.’
    • ‘This inimitable project aside, the search for visual rather than textual material has been dominant in Courbet studies, supplanting the logocentric premise of iconography.’
    • ‘That chiseling sound you hear in the world next door is the slow whittling away of the last vestiges of the logocentric tradition.’


1930s: from Greek logos word, reason + -centric.