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any theory emphasizing the importance of context in examining or designing a work, as of literature or architecture.
con•tex′tu•al•ist, n., adj.


a school of literary criticism that focuses on the work as an autonomous entity, whose meaning should be derived solely from an examination of the work itself. Cf. New Criticism. — contextualist, n., adj.
See also: Criticism
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Noun1.contextualism - any doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context in solving problems or establishing the meaning of terms
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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Keywords: digital copyright, contextualism, digital rights management (DRM), DRM regulatory model, intellectual property protection, cultural lag, reciprocal determinism theory, local protectionism
Among their topics are on the heuristic role of concepts in theorizing, Weber's ideal types: a sociological operation between theory and method, question-driven sociology and methodological contextualism, abduction--assessing fruitfulness and the construction of scientific concepts, theorizing through comparative case studies, and a thick description of Robert K.
Objective: The project investigates the impact that radical contextualism (RC) has upon certain foundational issues in the philosophy of language, formal semantics, and philosophy of science.
The claim that films reflect their moments of production has traditionally been used to argue against film's ability to treat historical content, yet the author's fusion of contextualism with reception studies provides a refreshing means of reframing the issue within a workable methodology.
Second, it offers an evaluative judgment on the nature of the treatise as a whole by suggesting that the methodology of source-based contextualism offers another way to read the De ente.
This debate and the fact that you know both traditions (that of Cambridge and that of Frankfurt) makes me ask the following double question: To what extent does the contextualism of the Cambridge School allow for the possibility of a critical theory, be it that of Habermas or even of Honneth?
From this approach, we have considered four fundamental urban cultural trends that have influenced the design of urban space: Contextualism of the 50s, the Townscape of the 60s, the Italian Tendenza of the 70s and the postmodern fashion of the 80s.
Key words: Beuchot, contextualism, language, context, analogical hermeneutics
Contextualism is necessitated in these limited situations by the inability of co-religionists to translate religious terms into secular analogs and thus leverage private law's dynamism like other commercial parties.
This article uses the theory of epistemic contextualism to justify the exclusion of otherwise relevant evidence, and even reliable hearsay, on the basis of preventing shifts in the epistemic context.
Contract doctrine can largely be categorized by the enduring struggle between the poles of formalism and contextualism.