Definition of biologism in English:



mass noun
  • The interpretation of human life from a strictly biological point of view.

    • ‘One can be a good Darwinian without reducing our cultural leaves to their biological roots: confusing the former with the latter is not biology but biologism, not Darwinism but Darwinosis.’
    • ‘According to Menninghaus, Darwinian theory, which like biologism is undergoing a renaissance, states that beauty solely serves biological selection.’
    • ‘Historicism, scientism, psychologism, biologism, in general the confident use of the scientific vocabularies in the spiritual realm, has created… a spiritual disorder.’
    • ‘Postmodern theory is resolutely opposed to such ‘essentialism’, but the problem with anti-essentialist approaches is that they often involve jumping from one extreme, scientism / biologism, to another, culturalism.’
    • ‘Does the use of ‘Geist’ Spirit counter biologism, racism and naturalism, or is it a ‘spiritualisation’ of biological racism?’
    • ‘Ferber's brief description of the African American woman, Princess, who performs domestic work for Fannie, reinforces both racial biologism and environmental determinism.’
    • ‘For it was precisely from Luther's spirit of innovation that the sustenance of Darwin's biologism was first drawn.’
    • ‘One must be familiar with Lacan's movement from Freud's biologism to concerns with language in order to understand ‘the mirroring stage,’ the ‘real,’ ‘the imaginary,’ and ‘the symbolic’ that have very special meanings for this opus.’
    • ‘In a nod to biologism, she makes a comparison to animal noises: ‘could a common sparrow take the meadow lark's song?’’
    • ‘But the scholastic approach does not degenerate into biologism.’
    • ‘At present, there is a resurgence of biologism in both psychology and popular culture.’