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for·mal·ism

 (fôr′mə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. Rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms, as in religion or art.
2. An instance of rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms.
3. A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content, especially in literary works.

for′mal·ist adj. & n.
for′mal·is′tic adj.
for′mal·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.formalistic - concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art); "highly formalized plays like `Waiting for Godot'"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"

formalistic

adjective
Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters:
Translations

formalistic

[fɔːməlɪstɪk] ADJformalista

formalistic

formalistic

[ˌfɔːməˈlɪstɪk] adjformalistico/a
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Hanna Pitkin (1967), whose contribution to the debate on political representation is considered seminal, proposes a theoretical framework that distinguishes between four kinds of political representation, namely formalistic representation, symbolic representation, descriptive representation, and substantive representation.
Thus the Paralogisms do not have as their primary target a narrowly rationalistic or formalistic rational psychology; rather, Kant identifies the source of the illusion in the Paralogisms as the improper empiricism of his rationalist predecessors, in that they take the concept of the soul originally provided by experience as the subject of rational psychology.
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