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Friday, June 04, 2010

Manichean

\man-i-KEE-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
Pertaining to a strongly dualistic worldview.
2.
Of or pertaining to the Manicheans or their doctrines.
noun:
1.
An adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark.
Quotes:
And in such a Manichean national landscape of villains and heroes, either the government, the Church, or the "rich"-or, alternatively, the "communists" and the "agitators"-hoodwinked the noble people into doing what they in retrospect should not have.
-- Victor David Hanson, "Greek Tragedies", Wall Street Journal, May 2010
Discussion of ethical issues in the media is often presented as some sort of Manichean battle between principle and profit, with the latter usually winning out.
-- Hugh Linehan, "Journalistic ethics, Twitter and the reporting of Gerry Ryan's death", The Irish Times
Origin:
Manichean describes the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark, matter being regarded as dark and evil.
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