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(Biology) the explanation of human behaviour through biology


(baɪˈɒl əˌdʒɪz əm)

the use or emphasis of biological principles in explaining human, esp. social, behavior.


a theory or doctrine based on a biological viewpoint. — biologistic, adj.
See also: Biology
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Noun1.biologism - use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
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It is this, by now familiar, "incoherence within the Freudian doctrine" that motivated Lacan's reworking of Freud's theory of the unconscious, which Lacan tried to address while preserving the radical moment contained in Freud's biologism against the "shift to surface and cultural psychology" (Jacoby 1975, 46).
For example, in tracing the history of consciousness he includes the development of biologism (in the work of G.
The chapter "The Uses of Freud," which examines Trilling's strange turn toward biologism in the 1960s in the essays that make up Beyond Culture, is a small triumph of insight and exactness.
17) Heather Looy, "Losing Our Humanity: Biologism, Bad Reduction, and Father Brown," Midwest Quarterly 54, no.
Understanding and accepting evolutionary kinships with other animals need not lead to the kind of biologism condemned by Heidegger, Derrida, and, more recently Raymond Tallis in Aping Mankind, which demotes our species to some bestial level that erases human uniqueness.
In Badiou's case this is effected precisely the moment this mortality becomes connected with biologism and transcended by the immortality of the (wo)man as a 'tissue of truths'.
In addition to his exposition of Heidegger's conception of the Volk, which sheds much light on the gap between Heidegger's thinking and the crude biologism officially endorsed by National Socialism, Phillips offers a rich analysis of Heidegger's confrontation with Hegel's political philosophy.
INS embraces the very biologism that the "biology plus" decisions have sought to overcome.
In a 1989 article published in Australian Feminist Studies, Anne Edwards suggests that feminists need to "find new ways of conceptualising sexual difference, that would avoid repeating the logical and philosophical mistakes of previous modes of thought, specifically essentialism, biologism, determinism (of any kind) and dualism.
Tarde is the figurehead of the French School which opposed the Italian School's biologism at the Congresses of the 1890s, while Goring is the redoubtable English prison doctor whose blue book The English Convict: A Statistical Study (1913) sought to end once and for all the credibility of Lombroso's born criminal.
In her view it is the ideological use of biologism that oppresses women, rather than biology itself or nature itself.
Agamben's anti-biologism here relies, in fact, on a biologism of animals, stipulating their environmental captivation as that to which we are open.

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