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Definition of "associationism" [as•so•ci•a•tion•ism]

  • The psychological theory that association is the basic principle of all mental activity. (noun)

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Use "associationism" in a sentence
  • "* In my paper (2001) I consider "associationism" withing the context of two principle dimensions of thought, that being associative learning (conditioning) and habituation."
  • "Like the effects of Mesmerism, gravity, and a host of other phenomena through which post-Enlightenment culture was beginning to encounter its own uncanny nature, the point of post-Baconian scientific observation or post-Lockean associationism, of turning the world over to man's ability to witness it and his place in it, was that the empirical evidence from which we construct our bodies of knowledge was, in fact, merely symptomatic of the world's latency."
  • "An uncontroversial role of §17 is to provide a characterization of an object, or more to the point, of a representation of an object, that facilitates a challenge to Humean associationism."