- any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.
- (often initial capital letters) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society.
Origin of theosophy
Examples from the Web for theosophy
Philosophy she lacked, but theosophy, which is a pansophy, she possessed—when she did not need it.
If that is theosophy, I will believe it when I am old, fat and a Hun.
Theosophy for some time previously had been preparing the ground for such a movement.My Reminiscences
That is the affirmation of Theosophy, that is its root-meaning and its essence.London Lectures of 1907
Theosophy is the essence of all doctrines, the inner truth of all religions.
- any of various religious or philosophical systems claiming to be based on or to express an intuitive insight into the divine nature
- the system of beliefs of the Theosophical Society founded in 1875, claiming to be derived from the sacred writings of Brahmanism and Buddhism, but denying the existence of any personal God
Word Origin and History for theosophy
1640s (implied in theosophical), "knowledge about God and nature obtained through mystical study," from Medieval Latin theosophia (c.880), from Late Greek theosophia (c.500, Pseudo-Dionysus) "wisdom concerning God or things divine," from Greek theosophos "one wise about God," from theos "god" (see Thea) + sophos "wise, learned" (see sophist). Taken as the name of a modern philosophical system (sometimes called Esoteric Buddhism), founded in New York 1875 as "Theosophical Society" by Madame Blavatsky and others, which combines teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism.