philosophical doctrine

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Noun1.philosophical doctrine - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
aesthetic, esthetic - (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful; "he despised the esthetic of minimalism"
Aristotelianism, peripateticism - (philosophy) the philosophy of Aristotle that deals with logic and metaphysics and ethics and poetics and politics and natural science; "Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Western thought"
conceptualism - the doctrine that the application of a general term to various objects indicates the existence of a mental entity that mediates the application
Confucianism - the teachings of Confucius emphasizing love for humanity; high value given to learning and to devotion to family (including ancestors); peace; justice; influenced the traditional culture of China
deconstruction, deconstructionism - a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning
empiricism, empiricist philosophy, sensationalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
environmentalism - the philosophical doctrine that environment is more important than heredity in determining intellectual growth
existential philosophy, existentialism, existentialist philosophy - (philosophy) a 20th-century philosophical movement chiefly in Europe; assumes that people are entirely free and thus responsible for what they make of themselves
determinism - (philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes; often understood as denying the possibility of free will
formalism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications
hereditarianism - the philosophical doctrine that heredity is more important than environment in determining intellectual growth
idealism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
intuitionism - (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge is acquired primarily by intuition
logicism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all of mathematics can be derived from formal logic
physicalism, materialism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
mechanism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
mentalism - (philosophy) a doctrine that mind is the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind's awareness
nativism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate
naturalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations
Neoplatonism - a system of philosophical and theological doctrines composed of elements of Platonism and Aristotelianism and oriental mysticism; its most distinctive doctrine holds that the first principle and source of reality transcends being and thought and is naturally unknowable; "Neoplatonism was predominant in pagan Europe until the 6th century"; "Neoplatonism was a major influence on early Christian writers and on later medieval and Renaissance thought and on Islamic philosophy"
nominalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that the various objects labeled by the same term have nothing in common but their name
operationalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that the meaning of a proposition consists of the operations involved in proving or applying it
Platonism, realism - (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names
pragmatism - (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
probabilism - (philosophy) the doctrine that (since certainty is unattainable) probability is a sufficient basis for belief and action
rationalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge is acquired by reason without resort to experience
naive realism, realism - (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
relativism - (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved
Scholasticism - the system of philosophy dominant in medieval Europe; based on Aristotle and the Church Fathers
semiology, semiotics - (philosophy) a philosophical theory of the functions of signs and symbols
sensualism, sensationalism - (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good
solipsism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
Stoicism - (philosophy) the philosophical system of the Stoics following the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno
subjectivism - (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge and value are dependent on and limited by your subjective experience
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Third, Kantor argued that evaluations of philosophical doctrine must include factors such as political, social, economic, and others, i.e., multiple interdependent participating factors.
Although "creation" as a theological and philosophical doctrine has a provenance in traditions connected to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, there is an important sense in which one might compare various religious traditions, West and East, as to what they claim about the ultimate origin of the universe.
As is well-known, if that is what is meant by nominalism with reference to Quine, his nominalism was short-lived, whether one focuses on a philosophical doctrine or on the research program.
She captures it philosophically when she says: "The journey to the managing director position at PwC Namibia is an achievement that cannot be contextualised on the basis of any political standing or philosophical doctrine but in my belief in God; the fundamental core of this belief is that with him all things are possible."
But it is a better basis for church-state relations than any philosophical doctrine. It commends itself intuitively even to people who know nothing of philosophy.
The speech once again touched on the cornerstone of the Liberal Government's philosophical doctrine of trying to redress the past and help build toward a positive future.
80), one wonders if, in seeking to explain Dante's narrative strategies as a wholly coherent reflection of one particular philosophical doctrine, Gragnolati risks disallowing the poet's eclecticism and thus downplaying the roles played by, say, Ovid or Virgil.
He begins his discussion with a review of the political, economic, social, and philosophical contexts from which utilitarianism emerged and then presents an overview of Jeremy Bentham's life and an explanation of his utilitarian philosophical doctrine. The second volume presents somewhat less detailed discussion of James Mill, Thomas Malthus, and David Ricardo, along with utilitarian developments English reform movements and in the fields of economics, psychology, religion, and political theory.
'We assert that this is a valid philosophical doctrine and in addition it is founded on a religious doctrine to which elevated status must be given by the court.'
Yet, this commitment does not upset the way in which he occasionally considers the need to examine a philosophical doctrine in its theoretical pronouncements as well, as in the case of Marxist theory (110).
He writes generally against the appropriation of philosophy by social science-particularly the attempt of social scientists to buttress their discipline and enterprise with the philosophical doctrine of Comtean positivism.
If he succeeds, he shows that ordinary practice needn't depend on some philosophical doctrine, correct or illusory, of objectivity.