- the doctrine that knowledge is wholly or chiefly derived from pure reason.
- the belief that reason is the final principle of reality.
Examples from the Web for intellectualist
The intellectualist accounts of truth have all failed to make this vital distinction between 'truth-claim' and validated truth.Pragmatism|D.L. Murray
This paper was originally followed by a couple of paragraphs meant to conciliate the intellectualist opposition.
On this point English opinion already shows a marked reaction from the intellectualist conception of representative government.Human Nature In Politics|Graham Wallas
Intellectualist truth is then only pragmatist truth in posse.
Since Meredith is an intellectualist, we naturally ask what may be his philosophy.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for intellectualist
- the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge
- the doctrine that deliberate action is consequent on a process of conscious or subconscious reasoning
Word Origin and History for intellectualist
1829; see intellectual + -ism. Probably based on German Intellektualismus (said by Klein to have been coined 1803 by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854) from Late Latin intellectualis). In English, originally with reference to the doctrines of Leibnitz.