essentialism
noun Date: 1927 1. an educational theory that ideas and skills basic to a culture should be taught to all alike by time-tested methods — compare progressivism 2. a philosophical theory ascribing ultimate reality to essence embodied in a thing perceptible to the senses — compare nominalism 3. the practice of regarding something (as a presumed human trait) as having innate existence or universal validity rather than as being a social, ideological, or intellectual construct • essentialist adjective or noun

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