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(kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

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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To be sure a historicist or contextualist approach may be more appropriate in historical or biographical genres, where the copyright protection is already thin and the presence of common historical elements is more likely.
The contextualist account developed here accommodates both objectivist and subjectivist intuitions.
Thus her work both broadens, for example, contextualist interpretations of Hobbes by situating his thought relative to continental European natural law (rather than focusing mainly on the historical circumstances in England surrounding Hobbes's work), and offers a unique historical perspective which indirectly engages with the work of such contemporary political thinkers as Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben on natural, territorial, juridical, and political spaces.
This paper contains an overview of the space of theories about the semantic role of perspective by contrasting several stances on this, after which the author defends a contextualist form of meaning perspective for taste predicates as well as epistemic modals, meaning that sentences with these elements may express different propositions in different contexts.
Callaway has collected 13 essays originally published 1981-2000, most focusing on meaning and formal semantics conceived from a contextualist perspective with considerable sympathy for the pragmatic tradition.
Kendal Walton's view of involving relational properties is also a contextualist stand.
Now, while this kind of argument surely shows that the contextualist approaches are not sufficiently fine-grained, it is not clear that it is a terrible blow for proponents of pragmatic intrusion.
This critical observation can indeed be applied to many of the contributions to the volume, in which an attentiveness to (the reception of) Montaigne's poetics is often eclipsed by contextualist concerns.
Thus, according to the contextualist, the 'context' creates the 'system' by fusing into unity items that, in other contexts, may appear as discrete entities (Lilienfield, 1978).
At Art Basel this past summer, Rirkrit Tiravanija, a new-comer to the new genre (if not to its contextualist spirit), bricked up the entrance to the otherwise-empty booth of Berlin dealer Neugerriemschneider, inscribing one cobble with a flourish of noncompliance: NE TRAVAILLEZ JAMAIS.
While David Darby's article "Form and Content: An Essay in the History of Narratology" pits classical narratology against the history of German narrative theory, arguing that narratology should be remodeled into a contextualist theory of interpretation, other narratologists have criticized both his presentation of German narrative theory and his suggestion that such a "contextualist narratology" necessarily requires the ill-defined concept of the implied author.
In an effort to enhance the quality and quantity of writing center assessments, we turn in particular to Cindy Johanek, whose contextualist research paradigm provides us with a specific framework to guide our efforts to measure the impact of our work on students, faculty, and institutions.