- the doctrine that there are two independent divine beings or eternal principles, one good and the other evil.
- the belief that a human being embodies two parts, as body and soul.
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OTHER WORDS FROM dualismdu·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·du·al·ism, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for dualism
I also have a quibble with the book’s weird appendix that is part the standard ethnographer’s explanation of research methods and part a philosophical discourse on “mind-body dualism” that reads like it’s from a different, less compelling book.
That breakdown of dualism, that honesty, is so important and revelatory.
I felt like it nicely represented the dualism of her character.
Its peculiar feature was dualism,--two original uncreated principles; one good, the other evil.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
The vast amount of evidence in the taboos of many peoples of dualism in the attitude toward woman.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
The dualism is not primarily as to the stuff of the world, but as to causal laws.The Analysis of Mind|Bertrand Russell
To return to Bahya's arguments in favor of the unity of God, we proceed to show that dualism would lead to absurd conclusions.
The one is anthropological dualism, regarding the soul as a distinct entity which comes to the body from without.
British Dictionary definitions for dualism
- the theory that the universe has been ruled from its origins by two conflicting powers, one good and one evil, both existing as equally ultimate first causes
- the theory that there are two personalities, one human and one divine, in Christ
Derived forms of dualismdualist, noundualistic, adjectivedualistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for dualism
In philosophy and theology, any system that explains phenomena by two opposing principles. Many philosophers hold to a dualism of mind and matter, or mind and body. For many theologians, the two principles are those of good and evil.