Noun Biologism Definition and Examples







The interpretation of human life from a strictly biological point of view.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'In a nod to biologism, she makes a comparison to animal noises: ‘could a common sparrow take the meadow lark's song?’'
  3. 'Ferber's brief description of the African American woman, Princess, who performs domestic work for Fannie, reinforces both racial biologism and environmental determinism.'
  4. 'For it was precisely from Luther's spirit of innovation that the sustenance of Darwin's biologism was first drawn.'
  5. '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.'


1. the use or emphasis of biological principles or methods in explaining human, especially social, behavior.

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