subjective idealism

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  • subjective idealism — subjective idealist. Philos. a doctrine that the world has no existence independent of sensations or ideas. Cf. objective idealism. [1875 80] * * * ▪ philosophy       a philosophy based on the premise that nothing exists except minds and spirits… …   Universalium

  • Subjective idealism — George Berkeley is credited with the development of subjective idealism. Subjective idealism is a metaphysical theory which holds that only perceptions, ideas, and minds exist. The simplest and most common version of subjective idealism combines… …   Wikipedia

  • Subjective idealism — the doctrine that reality or knowledge is founded on ideas (mental experience). Depending on the specific ideal, idealism is usually juxtaposed with materialism or realism. • Objective idealism is an idealistic metaphysics that postulates that… …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • subjective idealism — noun 1. : the theory that nature does not have any real existence independent of perceiving minds : berkeleianism 2. : the doctrine that an absolute ego dialectically evolves the world : fichteanism contrasted with objective idealism * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • idealism —    Idealism about something in philosophy is the doctrine that it is ideal , that is, mind dependent. There are three main forms of idealism: (1) subjective idealism, which holds that what we think of as physical things exist only because they… …   Christian Philosophy

  • Idealism — The 20th century British scientist Sir James Jeans wrote that the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine This article is about the philosophical notion of idealism. For other uses, see Idealism… …   Wikipedia

  • idealism — /uy dee euh liz euhm/, n. 1. the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc. 2. the practice of idealizing. 3. something idealized; an ideal representation. 4. Fine Arts. treatment of subject matter in a work of art… …   Universalium

  • idealism — Any doctrine holding that reality is fundamentally mental in nature. The boundaries of such a doctrine are not firmly drawn: for example, the traditional Christian view that God is a sustaining cause, possessing greater reality than his creation …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Idealism — the doctrine that reality or knowledge is founded on ideas (mental experience). Depending on the specific ideal, idealism is usually juxtaposed with materialism or realism. • Objective idealism is an idealistic metaphysics that postulates that… …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • idealism — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Devotion to high principles] Syn. perfectionism, high mindedness, aspiration, sense of duty, humanitarianism, meliorism, utopianism, Romanticism, quixotism, knight errantry, impracticality, idealization, principle, virtue,… …   English dictionary for students

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