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n. The analysis of literature, focusing on the words and grammar to the exclusion of context or literary merit.


"Logocentrism" is a term coined by the German philosopher Ludwig Klages in the 1920s. It refers to the tradition of Western science and philosophy that regards words and language as a fundamental expression of an external reality. It holds the logos as epistemologically superior and that there is an original, irreducible object which the logos represents. It, therefore, holds that one's presence in the world is necessarily mediated. According to logocentrism, the logos is the ideal representation of the Platonic Ideal Form.

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Similarly, texts would be read in the context of racism, sexism, elitism, speciesism, jingoism, imperialism, logocentrism, phallocentrism.