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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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He attempted to reconcile two apparently incompatible French doctrines: the empirical sensationalism of Etienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714-1780) and the mystical theosophism of Maine de Biran (1766-1824).
George McClure has shown that as the genre was transmitted to Christian culture, its focus shifted to theosophism, devaluing the sorrows of this world and celebrating the joys of the next.
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).