- the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc.
- the practice of idealizing.
- something idealized; an ideal representation.
- Fine Arts. treatment of subject matter in a work of art in which a mental conception of beauty or form is stressed, characterized usually by the selection of particular features of various models and their combination into a whole according to a standard of perfection.Compare naturalism(def 2), realism(def 3a).
- any system or theory that maintains that the real is of the nature of thought or that the object of external perception consists of ideas.
- the tendency to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are, with emphasis on values.
Origin of idealism
Examples from the Web for idealisms
Let us beware how we extinguish the feeblest of youth's idealisms.The Young Man and the World
Albert J. Beveridge
Indeed, his philosophy is generally classed amongst the idealisms.Rudolph Eucken
Abel J. Jones
Losing sight of his idealisms, nineteenth-century man evolved a thoroughly materialistic philosophy.The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
This difference is paralleled by the nature of the idealisms to which the two proofs are opposed and which they profess to refute.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
The photographer was a man of whims and idealisms; his wife had a strong vein of worldly ambition.New Grub Street
- belief in or pursuance of ideals
- the tendency to represent things in their ideal forms, rather than as they are
- any of a group of philosophical doctrines that share the monistic view that material objects and the external world do not exist in reality independently of the human mind but are variously creations of the mind or constructs of ideasCompare materialism (def. 2), dualism (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for idealisms
An approach to philosophy that regards mind, spirit, or ideas as the most fundamental kinds of reality, or at least as governing our experience of the ordinary objects in the world. Idealism is opposed to materialism, naturalism, and realism. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an idealist; so was Immanuel Kant.