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 (hĭ-stôr′ĭ-sĭz′əm, -stŏr′-)
1. A theory that events are determined or influenced by conditions and inherent processes beyond the control of humans.
2. The view that historical awareness is crucial for adequate understanding in a particular field or in general.
3. Art & Architecture The deliberate use or revival of historical styles in contemporary works.
4. Philosophy The view that historical periods should be studied without imposing anachronistic categories of evaluation.

his·tor′i·cist adj. & n.


(hɪˈstɒrɪˌsɪzəm) or


1. (Historical Terms) the belief that natural laws govern historical events which in turn determine social and cultural phenomena
2. (Historical Terms) the doctrine that each period of history has its own beliefs and values inapplicable to any other, so that nothing can be understood independently of its historical context
3. (Historical Terms) the conduct of any enquiry in accordance with these views
4. (Historical Terms) excessive emphasis on history, historicism, past styles, etc
hisˈtoricist n, adj


(hɪˈstɔr əˌsɪz əm, -ˈstɒr-)

1. a theory that history is determined by immutable laws and not by human agency.
2. a theory that all cultural phenomena are historically determined and that historians must study each period without imposing any personal or absolute value system.
3. a profound or excessive respect for historical institutions, as laws or traditions.
his•tor′i•cist, n., adj.


1. a theory that history is determined by immutable laws.
2. a theory that all cultural phenomena are historically determined and that all historians should study a period on its own merits.
3. a search for the laws of historical evolution.
4. a profound or an excessive respect for historical institutions, as traditions or laws. Also historism. — historicist, n., adj.
See also: History
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.historicism - a theory that social and cultural events are determined by history
hypothesis, theory, possibility - a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"


[hɪˈstɒrɪsɪzəm] Nhistoricismo m


nHistorizismus m
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This failure to provide a methodological framework means that Blythe's historist pursuit of a 'rounded' portrayal based on exhaustive and comprehensive research remains defenseless and acutely vulnerable to questions regarding the contemporary relevance of such a work.
The Institutional Analysis of Entrepreneurship: Historist Aspects of Schumpeter Development Theory.
Historism is the most "caustic intellectual acid"(39), but Rorty, whose ideas should have led him to historist views, draws back and rejects the conclusions that a full-fledged historism would suggest.

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