phenomenalism

[fi-nom-uh-nl-iz-uh m]
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noun Philosophy.

the doctrine that phenomena are the only objects of knowledge or the only form of reality.
the view that all things, including human beings, consist simply of the aggregate of their observable, sensory qualities.

Origin of phenomenalism

First recorded in 1860–65; phenomenal + -ism
Related formsphe·nom·e·nal·ist, nounphe·nom·e·nal·is·tic, adjectivephe·nom·e·nal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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phenomenalism

noun

philosophy the doctrine that statements about physical objects and the external world can be analysed in terms of possible or actual experiences, and that entities, such as physical objects, are only mental constructions out of phenomenal appearancesCompare idealism (def. 3), realism (def. 6)
Derived Formsphenomenalist, noun, adjectivephenomenalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phenomenalism
n.

1865 (John Grote), from phenomenal + -ism. Related: Phenomenalist.

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