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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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Despite the organicist bias of Worms, there was no uniform belief in either national or international settings in an indelible human nature.
345-60; an exception to the view ofthe Worms group as racist is Daniela Barberis, "In search of an object: organicist sociology and the reality of society in fin-de-siecle France," History of the Human Sciences, 16 (2003), pp.
In this they competed with organicists such as Mustafa Kamil, who, attacking modernity as Western and therefore suspect, saw the legal, social, and biological inequality of women as part of "the stable structures of past tradition" that must underwrite any political formation (Stowasser 1994, 6; more generally, Kandiyoti 1994, 378-79).
The organicists, like the neocons, found themselves on the same side as Steve and Malcolm Forbes for the same reason that Willie Sutton found himself inside bank vaults: That's where the money is.
By applying aesthetic criteria to the political arena, this charge convicts the organicists of imposing those same strict rules of closure upon actions in the public arena that they do upon the parts of a narrative or a poem; convicts them, in other words, of wanting their state to have the all-unifying, and thus all-subjugating, shape of a work of art.
His wish that the American public will engage more critically with the past and its representations is laudable, but Schocket's obvious organicist leanings may well repel the people who would most benefit from this message.