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A theory that attributes all diseases, especially all mental disorders, as organic in origin.


1. The concept that society or the universe is analogous to a biological organism, as in development or organization.
2. The doctrine that the total organization of an organism, rather than the functioning of individual organs, is the principal or exclusive determinant of every life process.
3. The theory that all disease is associated with structural alterations of organs.

or·gan′i·cist n.
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Of these I want to concern myself with three: first, that romantic organicists consistently press the metaphor of closure in order to postulate an unqualifiedly closed literary work as an integral textual "body"; second, that they take the metaphor of organicism literally in order to treat the "body" of the text as if it were a biologically living body; and third, that the opponent of organicism is justified in further literalizing metaphor in order to argue for an analogy, which is treated as little short of an equivalence, between the body of text, treated as an actual body, and a body politic.
Organising Poetry is a book that forces us to clarify not only which Coleridge we are talking about but also which organicism and, ultimately, which Romanticism, for it defamiliarizes the Romanticism theorized into being through the breathless pronouncements of the idealist tradition.
Simms strategically places this theory of complementary social duties and responsibilities in the mouth of Tom, the slave, to underscore the organicism of his ideal social order.
Waterman cites the following passage from Libertas to illustrate the Christian organicism espoused by Pope John Paul and to show its incompatibility with the theory of spontaneous order:
Spencer rejected a similar complicity between organicism and etatism in his "Reasons for Dissenting from the Philosophy of M.
Arthur "Schlesinger depends on romantic organicism for his vision of a unified culture.
The tradition that formed around Emerson, Thoreau, and especially Whitman valorized what Morris calls a "poetics of presence," a set of aesthetic values including originality, organicism, and monologic rhetoric.
Nevertheless, if any of them advocated a strong and active centralized state governed by a class of social experts, or evinced a sympathy for the religious emotions, or spoke the language of social organicism, Harp suggests that they qualify, at least to some exent, as American Comtists.
In "The Construction of Privacy in and around The Bostonians," New Americanist Brook Thomas displays the attention to seemingly unimportant details and the cultural organicism so characteristic of much New Historical writing.
Crosland appears to have become more optimistic about economic planning, more pessimistic about collective bargaining and less sympathetic to conservative organicism.
But in saying that we commit ourselves to the proposition that the meaning of a literary work is more than the sum of the meanings of the sentences which compose it; and with that to the organicism which led the New Critics to speak of 'The Heresy of Paraphrase'.
For the last thirty years or so the main current of Romantic criticism has followed themes of internalization, organicism, and self-reflection.