the state of being dual or consisting of two parts; division into two.
the view that substances are either material or mental.
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.
- du·al·ist, noun, adjective
- non·du·al·ism, noun
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How to use dualism in a sentence
dualism is a philosophical view that draws a distinction between the mind and the body.Is It Time to Give Up on Consciousness as ‘the Ghost in the Machine’? | Peter Halligan | June 17, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Even though consciousness is generated by the brain—a part of the body—dualism claims that the mind is distinct from our physical features, and that consciousness cannot be understood through the study of the physical brain alone.Is It Time to Give Up on Consciousness as ‘the Ghost in the Machine’? | Peter Halligan | June 17, 2021 | Singularity Hub
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.The Modern ‘Lolita’: Dramatizing the Mind of a Female Pedophile in Alissa Nutting’s ‘Tampa’ | Roxane Gay | June 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I felt like it nicely represented the dualism of her character.The Modern ‘Lolita’: Dramatizing the Mind of a Female Pedophile in Alissa Nutting’s ‘Tampa’ | Roxane Gay | June 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy | Isaac Husik
The one is anthropological dualism, regarding the soul as a distinct entity which comes to the body from without.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy | Isaac Husik
British Dictionary definitions for dualism
the state of being twofold or double
philosophy the doctrine, as opposed to idealism and materialism, that reality consists of two basic types of substance usually taken to be mind and matter or two basic types of entity, mental and physical: Compare monism
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
- dualist, noun
- dualistic, adjective
- dualistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for dualism
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