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theory that the total organization of an organism rather than the functioning of individual organs is the determinant of life processes

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This group was an assortment of political conservatives, timid Orleanist liberals, and functionalist and organicist Saint-Simonians.
It is an implication of this organicist view of society that its various members must consciously and deliberately work in harmony for the common good, not to mention that there should be a controlling intelligence, or "head," to rule the body.
Through its appeal to an organicist myth of language bound to its referents, the text vilifies conventional metaphor.
Inasmuch as the Romantic discourse of Bildung consistently foregrounds its organicist, immediate, and submerged mode of operation, and so disavows its own status as theory, a principal challenge becomes how to scrutinize a conceptual architecture recurrently characterized by its proponents as strictly something altogether elemental: the very Law of Being rather than some method of knowing.
McMillin dismisses to a certain degree this emphasis--born from organicist and in some ways European models of looking at opera--as inadequate for dealing with the way in which musical theater works operate.
While often seen as a one-off eccentricity, Letatlin in fact exemplifies a moment in Constructivism that fairly dramatically deviated into an organicist fantasy (we might point, for example, to Mikhail Matyushin's awkwardly knotted wooden forms).
But if works such as Laurence Lerner's The Frontiers of Literature represented a retreat into organicist metaphors and liberal humanist assumptions ("If a work of literature is like a human being .
Instead of an authoritarian organicist split between the human and the machine that assumes, as Carlyle did, that democracy is mere "machinery," we must accept that working class groups, women, and the marginalized were actively using the prosthesis of culture as a technology to claim identities.
3) Denying the constructed nature of the nation's ethnic and cultural fundaments will pose the danger of slipping into the kind of organicist thinking which characterised the champions of the Kulturnation concept in Germany, and which leads one to write about the nation as a person writ large.
Sharpe believes that postmodern semiotic, philosophical, and literary theory may enable scholars and historians of early modern England to "reimagine a Renaissance culture that did not share the positivism or 'the organicist ideology of modernism'" (16).
Although this practice has been common in interpretive studies for a long time, it is only in New Historicist writing that the cultural organicist trend is so prevalent that it frequently eclipses the literary work supposedly under scrutiny.
In many respects the close of the nineteenth century marked not a beginning but 'an end of the organicist tradition which had prevailed until then'.
For Guyer, prosopopoeia is not a successful operation of "fictional restoration" (8); it does not underwrite "a redemptive, organicist, or triumphalist rhetoric" (13); it is not the trope through which romantic poets assert their sovereign capacity to animate nature.
The narrative aspect of the language metaphor develops into an organicist metaphor, and hence "Melody is the paradigm of romantic music; it is a musical journey, identified with the journeys both of thought and organic life" (p.
Particularly for conservatives, organicist language, describing the exhaustion and renewal of literature, helped make these boundaries seem inevitable and less polemical.