representationalism

noun

rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion·​al·​ism ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce representationalism (audio)
-shə-nᵊl-ˌi-
1
: the doctrine that the immediate object of knowledge is an idea in the mind distinct from the external object which is the occasion of perception
2
: the theory or practice of realistic representation in art
representationalist noun

Example Sentences

the artist eventually abandoned the representationalism of his earlier work

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of representationalism was in 1842

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“Representationalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representationalism. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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