intellectualism


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  1. devotion to intellectual pursuits.
  2. the exercise of the intellect.
  3. excessive emphasis on abstract or intellectual matters, especially with a lack of proper consideration for emotions.
  4. Philosophy.
    1. the doctrine that knowledge is wholly or chiefly derived from pure reason.
    2. the belief that reason is the final principle of reality.

noun

  1. development and exercise of the intellect
  2. the placing of excessive value on the intellect, esp with disregard for the emotions
  3. philosophy
    1. the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge
    2. the doctrine that deliberate action is consequent on a process of conscious or subconscious reasoning
n.

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.

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