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 (ə-sō′sē-ā′shə-nĭz′əm, ə-sō′shē-)
The psychological theory that association is the basic principle of all mental activity.

as·so′ci·a′tion·ist adj. & n.
as·so′ci·a′tion·is′tic adj.


(Psychology) psychol a theory that all mental activity is based on connections between basic mental events, such as sensations and feelings


(əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ-)

any theory that explains complex psychological phenomena as built up from combinations of simple sensory and behavioral elements.
as•so`ci•a′tion•ist, adj., n.
as•so`ci•a`tion•is′tic, adj.
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Noun1.associationism - (psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity
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This is precisely why mere post-modern visions of revisionist holism and inter-subjective facticity (somewhat akin to Gestalt psychology)--both as a natural scientific-revisionist investigation and a purportedly broader philosophical picture--still suffer from the contingency (that is, reflexes, conditions, and associations) of [their] embedding solipsistic sphere, when this on-going contingency ought to be categorically deconstructed in the first place, and not merely highlighted in the light of further arbitrary psychological associationism put forth arbitrarily as "objective science" (such as the "second-hand" inclusion of the convenient psychologism and propaganda that "syntax-only science supersedes semantics").
Unfortunately another important aspect of the 'ideal', the exploration of which would have obviated critical charges of stating the obvious, is also largely missing from this exhibition: the debt that Turner owed to Claude's associationism.
Food transport and commercialization services (an area where grass-root associationism proved particularly feasible and effective in many other countries) should also be liberalized.
Finally, when Brown adopts the techniques of associationism and cultural allusion Anglo- American tourists so often deploy, he interjects a kind of historical double- consciousness that subtly revises the most common kind of guidebook description.
We will now discuss the impact of associationism at each of these three levels in more detail.
Critics emphasize that Coleridge's disenchantment with associationism stems from the fact that it denies the individual mind agency: ideas are dictated by their connections to other ideas, leaving human life "divided between the despotism of outward impressions, and that of senseless and passive memory" (1:111).
28) Tanja Bueltmann, '"Brither Scots shoulder tae shoulder": ethnic identity, culture and associationism among the Scots in New Zealand to 1930,' Unpublished PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, (2008), pp.
Kant's response is ultimately located in the subjective deduction, in which Kant argues that the application of the categories, and thus the original synthetic unity of apperception, is a necessary condition for Humean associationism.
Her embrace of Hartleian associationism may well have come via her father's colleague, then her friend and fellow Dissenter, Joseph Priestly who, in his sermon "On Habitual Devotion;' endorses the associationist method as religious practice (McCarthy, ALB 208).
Part III enquires into the impact of associationism, intensive election campaigning and media exposure on political participation.
Hallam took up the physiological focus of Hartley's account as well as its associationism.
2) The case for Hazlitt's idealism is made is my book, Hazlitt and the Reach of Sense: Criticism, Morals, and the Metaphysics of Power (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998); see especially 51-64 for an account of Hazlitt's modifications to Hartley's associationism.

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