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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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Further, I draw on communication studies and contextualist narratology in order to come to a cross-disciplinary analysis that allows the incorporation of cultural meanings emerging from, and related to, the text without losing sight of the historicity of such meaningful constructions.
context around the work (a contextualist approach).
This paper examines a contextualist thesis that has been little discussed in comparison with contextualism about knowledge, namely, contextualism about evidential support.
A contextualist reply to the skeptical hypothesis says that it is only a worry if we are monolithic about the meaning of knowledge.
Ultimately, this Article suggests a new doctrinal approach for those contracts where the law should incentivize incomplete contracting, borrowing from principles of constitutional interpretation: dynamic contextualist interpretation.
Johnson is a contextualist when such a practice supports his thesis and not a contextualist when the historical documents might compromise his authority.
It also takes "a contextualist approach to moral judgements, based upon reflection and perception of actual circumstances rather than the basis of impartiality and universal ethical principles".
Ralph, author of Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation, presented a workshop at the November 2013 Call to Action conference on how to be a biblical contextualist as opposed to a biblical literalist.
Paradoxically, however, Harris's is the only essay that seems to take the contextualist approach--the remainder of the essays in the collection remain closely tied to a national setting, with the exception of Owen Stanwood's piece on the reactions to the Revolution in Barbados, New York, and New England.
Thus Wokler argues that the contextualist approach which has come to dominate scholarship in the history of political thought is 'too narrowly political in focus'; he takes issue particularly with the tendency of its practitioners to isolate 'the various languages of politics they address from other discourses--from anthropology, psychology and the philosophy of music and language, for instance, just to name certain themes of particular interest to me' (128).
Drawing on what he sees as key passages in Wittgenstein's On Certainty, Michael Williams has argued from a contextualist perspective that, while global skepticism has so far defeated all attempts to ground human knowledge in a fundamental way, in "real-life", i.
Unlike the majority of studies in English that explore cinematic representations of historical-political topics such as the GDR and the RAF with an exclusive focus, O'Brien's thematic and contextualist approach allows for an inclusive inquiry that overcomes binary models such as East and West, mainstream and non-mainstream, cinema and television films, extending previous categories of German history film in order to build new and diverse connections.