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school of thought

n. pl. schools of thought
A point of view held by a particular group: "We have many schools of thought in the intelligence services" (Tom Clancy).
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Noun1.school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or schoolschool of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
nuclear deterrence - the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence; "when two nations both resort to nuclear deterrence the consequence could be mutual destruction"
belief - any cognitive content held as true
Cabalism, Kabbalism - the doctrines of the Kabbalah
abolitionism - the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
absolutism - the doctrine of an absolute being
amoralism - the doctrine that moral distinctions are invalid
animalism - the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
animism - the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls; "animism is common among primitive peoples"
antiestablishmentarianism, antiestablishmentism - the doctrine of opposition to the social and political establishment
asceticism - the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
contextualism - any doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context in solving problems or establishing the meaning of terms
creationism - the literal belief in the account of Creation given in the Book of Genesis; "creationism denies the theory of evolution of species"
credo, creed - any system of principles or beliefs
divine right, divine right of kings - the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes; "the doctrine of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts in Britain in the 16th century"
dogma - a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative; "he believed all the Marxist dogma"
dualism - the doctrine that reality consists of two basic opposing elements, often taken to be mind and matter (or mind and body), or good and evil
dynamism - any of the various theories or doctrines or philosophical systems that attempt to explain the phenomena of the universe in terms of some immanent force or energy
epicureanism - a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers
establishmentarianism, establishmentism - the doctrine of supporting the social or political establishment
ethicism - a doctrine that ethics and ethical ideas are valid and important; "his ethicism often led him to moralize"
expansionism - the doctrine of expanding the territory or the economic influence of a country
formalism - the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
functionalism - any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose
Girondism - the doctrine of the Girondists
gospel - a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance; "Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"
gymnosophy - the doctrine of a sect of Hindu philosophers who practiced nudity and asceticism and meditation
imitation - the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
laissez faire, individualism - the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
internationalism - the doctrine that nations should cooperate because their common interests are more important than their differences
unilateralism - the doctrine that nations should conduct their foreign affairs individualistically without the advice or involvement of other nations
irredentism, irridentism - the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related
literalism - the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature
majority rule, democracy - the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
monism - the doctrine that reality consists of a single basic substance or element
multiculturalism - the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country
nationalism - the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other
nationalism - the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals
nihilism - a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake
pacificism, pacifism, passivism - the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
pluralism - the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements
populism - the political doctrine that supports the rights and powers of the common people in their struggle with the privileged elite
presentism - the doctrine that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (as in the Book of Revelations) are presently in the course of being fulfilled
freethinking, rationalism - the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
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The data obtained from the federal boards of the five religious schools of thought show that the number of seminaries operating in the province is more than twice of those registered with the government departments.
The document, signed by the clerics from all schools of thought, will be presented under the title Peghaam-e-Pakistan at a ceremony which will be held at the Presidency today (on Tuesday).
Talking to media, a religious ministry official said that the establishment of the Ulema Board was under process and it would be completed soon after a mutual consensus of Ulema-e-Kiram ( Religious Scholars) of different schools of thought and ministry officials.
He said to ensure growth of Islamic Banking sector we need the rule of 'coping others', instead of negating others; and this can be achieved by forming 'Global Sharia Finance Guidance Authority' represented by scholars of all Schools of thought, wherein none of the scholar would power to veto any banking product.
He was talking to media after the conclusion of a meeting with Ulema and Mashaikh of various schools of thought in Islamabad on Monday evening.
Aiming to improve understanding, he introduces eight types of contemporary Chinese schools of thought and their representatives which he categorizes into three groups--socialism, liberalism, and conservatism--and relates them to the western social school of thought, including characteristics of East Asian and Chinese authoritarianism and Confucianism.
Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi stated this while meeting the leaders of different schools of thought here on Saturday, says a press release issued here on Saturday.
The poll, titled "Research on Religious Life in Turkey," found that all respondents to a question about Islamic affiliation identify as Hanafi, Shafii, Hanbali and Maliki -- all Sunni schools of thought -- with the exception of 1 percent of respondents, who described themselves as Caferi (Jafari), the main Shiite school of thought.
In this unique book Ruggiero (sociology, Middlesex University) examines a variety of economic schools of thought from a criminological perspective, i.
Subsequently, he explains views of various schools of thought in disagreed matter.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A top official of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought stressed the importance of the growing waves of the Islamic awakening sweeping the Middle-East and North Africa in recent months, and said his organization is seeking hard to accelerate the further spread of this awakening in the Muslim world.
Damascus (SANA) The 6th Conference for Rapprochement among Islamic Schools of Thought called on Monday for continuation of dialogue among Moslems and other religions in a way that this dialogue may be reflected positively on all humanity.

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