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An early 20th cent. reaction against the dominant idealist metaphysics of the 19th cent. and associated chiefly with the denial of any special status to the mind; specifically (frequently with capital initials) the American school espousing such views which was developed at Harvard by R. B. Perry (1876–1957) and others.
Early 20th century. From new + realism. Compare neo-realism.
new realism/ˌnjuː ˈrɪəlɪz(ə)m/
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