Eklektizismus (of griech. eklektós: „“) a term, which in the art, is selected, in which philosophy is used and in the remaining Geisteswissenschaften.

Eklektizismus as architecture example

with the term is occupied an artistic mode of expression, which avails itself and of final art achievements already developed. The Eklektizismus is characteristic for the style pounding of the European art since beginning of the classicism. One can call nearly entire historicism eklektizistisch.

Regarding the respective artistic quality is to be differentiated between imitation and own advancement. The term is then provided with a negative Konnotation, if the artist selects and to a new work joins elements from other works in place of his own creation unschöpferisch.

The term was coined/shaped already in the antique one, approximately to the turn of an era. At that time different philosopher schools existed next to each other, and there were philosophers and politicians, who were called Eklektiker, because they interconnected elements of the different positions. The most famous representative of this direction was Cicero.

In the Geisteswissenschaften the term characterizes the method to form from pieces of disalignment of different systems , theories or world views a new unit. The term becomes also here usually pejorativ related.


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