Definition of psychologism in English:


Pronunciation /sīˈkäləˌjizəm/ /saɪˈkɑləˌdʒɪzəm/


  • A tendency to interpret events or arguments in subjective terms, or to exaggerate the relevance of psychological factors.

    ‘philosophical semantics was crippled by psychologism’
    • ‘This disappearance of objective knowledge in Western philosophy has continued in other idealist and subjective guises-positivism, materialism, psychologism and historicism.’
    • ‘Frege was also a harsh critic of psychologism in logic: the view that logical truths are truths about psychology.’
    • ‘Richards's psychologism had ‘paved the way for the study of poems as independent structures’ or ‘consideration of the poem as a separate world.’’
    • ‘Secondly, Glock defends Strawson's dismissal of transcendental idealism and transcendental psychologism.’
    • ‘For the critics of psychologism, validity had nothing to do with genesis, truth content was independent of individual judgments, and justification did not rely on mere rhetorical persuasion.’