[hi-stawr-uh-siz-uh m, -stor-]
- a theory that history is determined by immutable laws and not by human agency.
- a theory that all cultural phenomena are historically determined and that historians must study each period without imposing any personal or absolute value system.
- a profound or excessive respect for historical institutions, as laws or traditions.
- a search for laws of historical evolution that would explain and predict historical phenomena.
Origin of historicism
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- the belief that natural laws govern historical events which in turn determine social and cultural phenomena
- the doctrine that each period of history has its own beliefs and values inapplicable to any other, so that nothing can be understood independently of its historical context
- the conduct of any enquiry in accordance with these views
- excessive emphasis on history, historicism, past styles, etc
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Word Origin and History for historicism
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