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The explanation or interpretation of events or ideas in psychological terms.
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1. (Psychology) the belief in the importance and relevance of psychology for other sciences
2. (Psychology) the belief that psychology is the basis for all other natural and social sciences
psyˌcholoˈgistic adj
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(saɪˈkɒl əˌdʒɪz əm)

emphasis upon psychological factors in the development of a theory, as in history or philosophy.
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the theory that emphasizes psychological conceptions in other fields outside of psychology, as philosophy and history.
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On Hanna's conception of logical psychologism, either logical facts/ properties and natural facts/properties are identical or the former logically strongly supervene on the latter (pp.
(iv) identifies logic with empirical psychology (psychologism).
Within the context of three opera schools--Italian, French, German -- just the latter had been given the decisive word in the history of opera by the Latvian periodicals, it was characterized as being especially close for a Latvian, since a deeply national and fantastical spirit together with truly German and profound thoughts permeated by romanticism, as well as modern psychologism singled out this school as being unique and spiritually close for a Latvian (Sprogis 14).
In their "Realism vs Conceptualism in Linguistics" they claim that the arguments that Frege made against the psychologism in logic and mathematics are just as devastating when applied to psychologism about language.
Mezzadri argues that these two strands of Frege's polemic against psychologism constitute two motivating factors behind his allowing for the possibility of illogical thought.
psychologism of Brentano leading to the explicitly anti-metaphysical
Logical Cognition: Husserl's Prolegomena and the Truth in Psychologism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Society, 53, 251-275.
He argues that this time it was not primarily a question of gender, but that her oeuvre felt distant to the cultural nationalist generation because of its inwardness, psychologism, and symbolism.
150) The third common presumption is psychologism. Contemporary discussions of mediatized populism inevitably place populism "on the couch" and reference some kind of internal psychic drive or emotion on the part of the individual voter or citizen as an explanatory mechanism, variously described as anger, resentment, ressentiment, or "prepolitical feelings." Whether motivated by fear and fanaticism or empowered by desires for inclusion on the part of those excluded, these individual emotions are seen to scale up or aggregate to reproduce a collective version of the same psychodynamic that then yields a particular kind of political action, such as the act of voting for a populist political leader or party (Mishra, 2017; Ott, 2017; Papacharissi, 2015, 2016).
The history of emotions must reject, in line with much of the latest research in the social neurosciences, any semblance of psychologism that would essentialize what emotions are.
As a result both materialism and psychologism in their pure forms are rejected by the author.