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Definition of Dualism


  1. State of being dual or twofold; a twofold division; any system which is founded on a double principle, or a twofold distinction
  2. A view of man as constituted of two original and independent elements, as matter and spirit.
  3. A system which accepts two gods, or two original principles, one good and the other evil.
  4. The doctrine that all mankind are divided by the arbitrary decree of God, and in his eternal foreknowledge, into two classes, the elect and the reprobate.
  5. The theory that each cerebral hemisphere acts independently of the other.

Dualism Quotations

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
Margaret Fuller

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
George Santayana

Modern secular thought has its own dualism: It treats only the physical world as knowable and testable, while locking everything else - mind, spirit, morality, meaning - into the realm of private, subjective feelings. The so-called fact/value split.
Nancy Pearcey

The dualism itself becomes a sort of presupposition or datum; its terms condition the further problem.
James Mark Baldwin

In the first place, Descartes stands for the most explicit and uncompromising dualism between mind and matter.
James Mark Baldwin
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Dualism Translations

dualism in German is Dualismus
dualism in Spanish is dualismo
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