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 (ĕv′ə-lo͞o′shə-nĭz′əm, ē′və-)
1. A theory of biological evolution, especially that formulated by Charles Darwin.
2. Advocacy of or belief in biological evolution.

ev′o·lu′tion·ist n.


a principle or theory of evolution. — evolutionist, n., adj.
See also: Evolution
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Noun1.evolutionism - (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
Darwinism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection
Lamarckism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that acquired characteristics are transmitted to offspring
punctuated equilibrium, theory of punctuated equilibrium - a theory of evolution holding that evolutionary change in the fossil record came in fits and starts rather than in a steady process of slow change
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This conclusion, reiterated and justified throughout the book, and effectively summarized in the closing chapters, separates Bonnette's position from that of the creation scientists, whom he treats with scrupulous fairness, as he does representatives of atheistic or naturalistic evolutionism.
Boring, the functionalism and evolutionism characteristic of American psychology preceding the founding of behaviourism were "natural to the temper of America" and were but "different aspects of the same attitude towards human nature.
Cotkin identifies, as particularly significant, industrial growth and urbanization, the rise of evolutionism and the cult of scientism--with its attendant commitment to mechanism--and the rejection of the freedom of the will.
Thus, evolutionism is a form of "scientism," the mistaken idea that the only valid and reliable form of inquiry is science and that only scientific methods should be used in all fields of knowledge, including the humanities and history.
But his goal, in this piece first published in 1927 and others, was to change the understanding of "primitive," to move on from 19th century social evolutionism (early man is ignorant, childish man) to his relativistic historical particularism (human attributes and potential are universally expressed and found through time).
Tylor's appointment as the first Reader in Anthropology at Oxford, while the proto-discipline was riding the crest of evolutionism.
Thus, Catholics should totally reject theistic evolutionism.
Far from being a genuine alternative to evolutionism, it is neither needed nor plausible.
The author links three generations of anthropologists with three successive cultural theories: evolutionism in the late Victorian period; diffusionism prior to and during World War I; and functionalism in the 1920s and 1930s.
She also includes a chapter from her Evolutionism in Eighteenth-Century French Thought on how various French philosophers contributed to the abolitionist movement in France.
Herdt borrows another theme from Morgan: social evolutionism.
Later, in the discussion of the Court's decision, the ruling continues, "Charitably read, Peloza's complaint at most makes this claim: the school district's actions establish a state-supported religion of evolutionism, or more generally of 'secular humanism.