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Antonyms for formalism

the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented

(philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications

the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms

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47) Timms found that although he cultivated a garden space that only used indigenous plants (that is, species which occur naturally in that region), it was nevertheless an artificial reference to nature--'a kind of reference library or inventory' of local species which was, formalistically, distinctly man-made.
I posit that rather than approaching law formalistically as if it were a brooding omnipresence in the sky, it would deal with law as part of an outcome-determinative context by speaking to the social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights of the beneficiaries as articulated by the human rights agenda.
He finds a prefiguration of this idea in Andre Malraux's "museum without walls," which could formalistically join the artistic expression of an African bronze miniature to a Romanesque relief by presenting both in identically sized photographs on the page.
Faulkner writers") = gay- and lesbian-themed narratives ("stories about those unfortunate people," "tales of abnormality") = formalistically second- and third-rate narratives (those that "lack drama" and are "feeble").
The direction being taken has less to do with formalistically defining Europe-wide policies that must then be implemented at national level, but rather, and more to the point, with the supranational level applying instruments centered on common, shared objectives, and on providing support forums for policy coordination and the exchange of information (Roth 1999; Schmid; Roth, 2000).
In this respect it is as much a context for culture and life as it is a cultural expression in and of itself and hence it cannot be convincingly rendered as fine or figurative art writ large: When architecture is reduced to large sculpture, it is not only formalistically reductive but also an acritical mode of expression that may pass muster as art but is hardly architecture.
The notebook formulations about which students are asked to think carefully and critically and to which students are asked to respond must be formalistically and theoretically grounded.
Mathematics is actually done by trial and error, with intuition and insight, rather than formalistically, say many mathematicians at the cutting edge of research.
Musical aesthetics aside, those who value choice not only formalistically but as the existence of genuine live options must appreciate this alternative.
But it also seems (as if) the judge put a premium on people who could express things in terms that this particular judge finds satisfactory, and that may favor more formalistically educated individuals or people more familiar with court jargon.
Bureaucrats often see due process devices as irrational impositions, and respond to them formalistically.
One of them, even though this is a work of refined formal elaboration, is that of not being formalistically centered upon its own making but open the entire time to the outside world - the world of the "preoccupations of mankind" - through the story of Maria de Franca, a woman of the lower class who is left to roam in desperation the merciless labyrinths of the social welfare system, which gradually become confused with those of her madness.
As argued in Parts I and II of this Article, the dominance of substantive law forms the major premise of most applications of the rule, both realistically in how judges make decisions and formalistically in giving content to the rule.
And the reason for this is that, when the law is formal, when those who adjudicate do so not purposefully but formally, indeed formalistically, there is an attempt to honor the law as the definition of our property, our liberty space, and not to change that definition, not to change those boundaries for the competing goods of the persons who are contending within those spaces.