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mentalism

[men-tl-iz-uh m] /ˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the doctrine that objects of knowledge have no existence except in the mind of the perceiver.
2.
the doctrine that human conduct reflects the operation of a nonmaterial principle.
3.
any psychological theory that accepts as a proper subject of study the mental basis for human behavior.
Compare behaviorism.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; mental1 + -ism
Related forms
mentalistic, adjective
mentalistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for mentalism

mentalism

/ˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the doctrine that mind is the fundamental reality and that objects of knowledge exist only as aspects of the subject's consciousness Compare physicalism, idealism (sense 3) See also monism (sense 1), materialism (sense 2)
Derived Forms
mentalist, noun
mentalistic, adjective
mentalistically, adverb
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