[ noun ] (philosophy) the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
Used in print(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)
These polar concerns ( imitation vs. formalism ) reflect a philosophical and religious situation which has been developing over a long period_of_time .
We need a doctrine of imitation to save us from the solipsism and futility of pure formalism .
[ noun ] the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms