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naturalism

A guiding principle of the physical universe and understanding thereof, which holds that all that exists (and all phenomena can be explained) without recourse to supernatural concepts—i.e., all that exists in the universe can be explained by science.
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Having characterized American naturalism, let me next sketch my conception of the entire sweep of American philosophy from Colonial times to the present.
Key elements of Norris's aesthetic, such as his description of the Muse of American naturalism in Responsibilities, indicate that he casts his lot with Jadwin's ideal declarations about women's freedom.
What would it mean to place women at the center of a reading of American naturalism, particularly the women in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "A New England Nun"?
Richard Wright's Native Son is still usually taken as one of the foremost examples of late American naturalism, and much is made of the impact of modem sociology, particularly what became known as the Chicago School of Sociology, on the conception and shape of the novel.
First, various naturalist strategies, starting with American Naturalism, are exposed.
Whether openly acknowledged or not, the guiding principle implicit at least in contemporary American naturalism is what Morris R.
The rediscovery of Wharton as a naturalist, in other words, has also led to the redeployment in her case of the critical assumption that American naturalism in its various forms is an unqualified representation of social determinism in action.
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