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n. Philosophy
The doctrine, set forth by David Hume and his successors, that percepts and concepts constitute the sole objects of knowledge, with the objects of perception and the nature of the mind itself remaining unknowable.

phe·nom′e·nal·ist n.
phe·nom′e·nal·is′tic adj.
phe·nom′e·nal·is′ti·cal·ly adv.


(Philosophy) philosophy relating to phenomenalism or the theory that states that all knowledge stems from phenomena
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Penrose's approach is obviously essentially materialistic and ignores the potency of phenomenalistic views and the consequences of feelings, emotion, and conception of human beings.
Mach's ethical stance and aesthetic attitudes, as well as his phenomenalistic approach to physics and psychology, were reflected in modernist literature of the first half of the twentieth century.
That the Kohlbergian model is anti-relativistic yet phenomenalistic may seem paradoxical, yet we need to bear in mind that these positions refer to two distinct processes.
A world for us: The case for Phenomenalistic Idealism.
16), he acknowledges that the matter is much more complicated in his long paper of 1950, "Existential Hypotheses: Realistic Versus Phenomenalistic Interpretations.
The case for Phenomenalistic Idealista, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008, 252 pp.
The measuring of firms' internationalization may have a phenomenalistic justification of its own (see e.
Phenomenalistic perception and rational understanding in the mind of an individual: A fight for dominance.
Nor do I believe that this can be accomplished through pure phenomenalistic idealism, subjective constructivism, or mentalism, all of which underestimate the importance of the relative stability of the "outside" world to the possibility of knowledge, communication, and meaning.
Shoham's theory on the other hand is not based on any such propositions: all the characteristics he has identified have been observed, in other words they are for the most part phenomenalistic.
The management of disorderly energies is posited as a plausible alternative not only from a phenomenalistic but also from a perceptual, even biological (
The latter doctrine, at least in Leibniz's later years, is to be given a phenomenalistic reading, according to which universal physical connection is reducible to the (confused) representations monads have of each other.