theosophism


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theosophy, theosophism

1. any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought claiming a mystical insight into the divine nature and natural phenomena.
2. (cap.) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society. — theosophist, n. — theosophical, adj.
See also: Mysticism
the belief that knowledge not accessible to empirical study can be gained through direct contact with the divine principle. — Theosophist, n.Theosophic, Theosophical, adj.
See also: Religion
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Noun1.theosophism - belief in theosophy
belief - any cognitive content held as true
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And yet concurrent with this trend towards the material, by the late nineteenth century an "array of mental and physical oddities," such as theosophism, hypnotism, clairvoyance, spiritualism, and other occult phenomena, "helped convince a significant number of Victorian intellectuals (and an even greater number of nameless artisans) that the Enlightenment philosophes had been much too hasty in dismissing the miracles and prodigies of old as fable and hearsay" (Melechi 4).
From an aristocratic family and educated at Harrow and Cambridge, Hewitt was at best an oddball, at worst a religious maniac, a loner who moved in the demi-monde of spiritualism, theosophism and similarly controversial offcuts of orthodox religion.