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The term psychologism is usually employed pejoratively to describe what is seen as a problematic confusion of logical and psychological categories or ambitious attempts to ground logic in psychology. The charge of psychologism is directed against relativism regarding truth (dependence of cognition on individual psychological states or features of the human species) and genetic reductionism (dependence of knowledge on psychological causes). Criticism of psychologism began toward the end of the 19th century. G…

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Großheim, Michael, “Psychologism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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