Formalist



[fawr-muh-liz-uh m] /ˈfɔr məˌlɪz əm/

noun
1.
strict adherence to, or observance of, prescribed or traditional forms, as in music, poetry, and art.
2.
Religion. strong attachment to external forms and observances.
3.
Ethics. a doctrine that acts are in themselves right or wrong regardless of consequences.
4.
Logic, Mathematics. a doctrine, which evolved from a proposal of David Hilbert, that mathematics, including the logic used in proofs, can be based on the manipulation of symbols without regard to their meaning.
/ˈfɔːməˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
scrupulous or excessive adherence to outward form at the expense of inner reality or content
2.

3.
(theatre) a stylized mode of production
4.
(in Marxist criticism) excessive concern with artistic technique at the expense of social values, etc
5.
the philosophical theory that a mathematical statement has no meaning but that its symbols, regarded as physical objects, exhibit a structure that has useful applications Compare logicism, intuitionism
n.

1840, “strict adherence to prescribed forms,” from formal + -ism. Attested from 1943 in reference to the Russian literary movement (1916-30). Related: Formalist; formalistic.

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