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1(in art and literature) a style and theory of representation based on the accurate depiction of detail.
accuracy, exactness, exactitude, precision, preciseness, correctness, scrupulousnessView synonyms
- ‘Certainly social realism, naturalism and similar conceptions can and have produced great art and literature.’
- ‘The painterly naturalism that we see in these early genre scenes was indeed motivated by a vision of nature - that is, by a vision of human nature conceived in terms both biological and social.’
- ‘The play calls on the actors to explore different acting styles in scenes that range from kitchen-sink naturalism to loopy surrealism.’
- ‘The script does wobble - we lurch from naturalism to cinematic surrealism, with apparently little to justify it.’
- ‘He consequently links early photography with the Realist project, tying it to an urge for naturalism in both the arts and sciences.’
- ‘The film's authentic feel derives not from naturalism, nor even from realism in any ordinary sense.’
- ‘There's a mix of naturalism and stylization that is not, but almost, perfectly achieved in his images of animals on the cover.’
- ‘The laurel tree, which Correggio renders with great naturalism, simultaneously evokes notions of fidelity, chastity, and poetic attainment.’
- ‘This is a magical piece of theatre, with a streak of engaging, sly humour and playfulness that takes you into a theatrical world where naturalism and expressionism, realism and surrealism sit side by side.’
- ‘Art nouveau naturalism tends to he expressive.’
- ‘It's just an amazing range - from Greek-like naturalism to total abstraction.’
- ‘He combined elements of naturalism and romanticism to create a portrait of Napoleon which was both more physically accurate and more emotionally probing than the work of any of his rivals.’
- ‘At first sight, the painting seems a piece of outright naturalism but detail indicates all is not what it seems.’
- ‘Gritty realism, social realism, naturalism are among the tags applied to Loach's work.’
- ‘He lived in Paris 1910-14 and was influenced by the Expressionistic naturalism of Rodin.’
- ‘Works on view chart the artist's shift from naturalism to an exploration of existential themes.’
- ‘These artists advocated a move away from modernist styles to a more straightforward naturalism.’
- ‘It represents a rustic vision of Jacob wrestling with the Angel, but the real struggle fought out on canvas is between naturalism and symbolism in art.’
2A philosophical viewpoint according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted.
authenticity, fidelity, verisimilitude, truthfulness, faithfulness, naturalismView synonyms
- ‘As he demonstrates, scientific naturalism has gradually undermined theological explanations of the world.’
- ‘Similarly, according to many defenders of naturalism, philosophy is not discontinuous with science.’
- ‘In other words, materialistic naturalism says that there is nothing more to me outside of my physical body.’
- ‘Substantive epistemological naturalism is the view that all epistemic facts are natural facts.’
- ‘Modern scientists have confused these two and believe that science requires philosophical naturalism.’
- ‘In brief, the message of this government-promoted television series was that philosophical naturalism and science are one and the same.’
- ‘The second is philosophical naturalism, which says that everything in the universe is governed by natural law and nothing ever circumvents that law.’
- ‘Most of the chapter consists of criticisms of Johnson's writings on naturalism and the philosophy of science.’
- ‘Nord apparently does not understand that justification for methodological naturalism is purely pragmatic.’
- ‘Methodological naturalism is nothing more than a description of how science is currently practiced.’
- ‘The frenzied opposition to Darwinism today is clearly based upon fear that scientific naturalism will undermine religious faith.’
- ‘When facing the challenge of Darwinian naturalism, three mistakes must be avoided.’
- ‘First, he presents atheism as a form of naturalism - the belief that the natural world is the only world there is.’
- ‘For contrary to what is commonly believed, modern evolutionary theory and philosophical naturalism are quite clearly incompatible.’
- ‘A closely related feature of Quine's philosophy is a deep naturalism, which was also inherited from Mill.’
- ‘He riles theistic evolutionists, because he exposes their surrender to Darwinian naturalism.’
- ‘I had always been opposed to naturalism as an explanation of human existence.’
- ‘Evolutionary theory is no more tied to metaphysical naturalism or atheism than is meteorology or medical science.’
- ‘A supernatural metaphysics has nothing to fear from methodological naturalism.’
- ‘Most atheists and other advocates of philosophical naturalism also believe in materialism, the idea that everything that actually exists is material or physical.’
- 2.1(in moral philosophy) the theory that ethical statements can be derived from nonethical ones.
- ‘But recent discussions of naturalism in ethics and philosophy of mind return to issues he addressed and this has led to a new appreciation of his position.’
- ‘I have therefore put up a very brief essay setting out my version of ethical naturalism and showing that ethical naturalism does NOT lead to the abandonment of standards that Leftists pretend it does.’
- ‘Like classical naturalism, Finnis's naturalism is both an ethical theory and a theory of law.’
- ‘One objection against it is one directed against all forms of ethical naturalism: namely that the biological origins of a sentiment have no obvious bearing on its ethical value.’
- ‘As is well known, he was a powerful critic of ethical naturalism, holding that goodness is a ‘simple’ and ‘nonnatural’ property.’
- 2.2another term for natural religion
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