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Relationism can refer to:

  • In social thought, Karl Mannheim pioneered the idea of Relationism, in the development of his theories on the Sociology of Knowledge. More particular applications of the term have arisen since his time
  • In physics, someone who has constructed a relational theory, or promotes relational theorising, is called a relationist.
  • In philosophy, a position that relations exist as ontological primitives (as entities).
  • A cross-disciplinary movement, it refers to the array of organisations and institutions[1] founded by Dr Michael Schluter CBE, which are now brought together by The Relational Thinking Network[2]
  • A social philosophy which seeks close and just relationships in public and private life for social harmony and economic well-being as explored and promoted in the context of Relational Thinking™[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Relational Research history". 
  2. ^ "Relational Thinking Network". 
  3. ^ "Relational Thinking summary". 
  4. ^ Schluter, Michael; Lee, David (1993). The R Factor. ISBN 978-0340588925.