dualism dualism  /ˈdu ə ˌlɪ zəm/

Definition(s):

  • (n) 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

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. This ambivalence is simply the dualism of the world, the secret of its magnetic fields, its gigantic plus and stupendous minus.
  2. If he had written this book back then, we both might have had more fun with Cartesian dualism and the like.
  3. Rene Descartes, the great 17th century French mathematician and philosopher, enshrined this metaphysical divide in what came to be known in Western philosophy as mind-body dualism.

News

  • Is Dallas Commercializing the Kennedy Assassination?

    The tagline on the Visit Dallas home page says it all: “ Dallas: Big Things Happen Here.” Perhaps at no time more than today—the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination —will those words take on a darker dualism. This is especially so for the city’s business community, which must wrestle with a highly unusual mix of emotions: optimism over the thousands of tourists due to come to ...
    on November 22, 2013     Source: AdWeek

Quotes

  1. In his introductory text, Archbishop of York John Sentamu writes: "For me, Faith is the spiritual engine of change. Thank God that old dualism between the personal and social gospel is breaking down. We need to rediscover a new faith-based movement...
    on Mar 23, 2007 By: John Sentamu Source: Episcopal News Service

  2. "China should be achieving extraordinary greatness," Gere said. "At some point they are going to have to face the fact that this system they have committed themselves to will not work. The kind of pretend dualism of communism and capitalism...
    on Sep 2, 2007 By: Richard Gere Source: Reuters Canada

  3. "Most animals seem incapable of learning that their behavior is the source of the behavior in the mirror," Gallup said. "They are incapable of deciphering that dualism."
    on Oct 31, 2006 By: Gordon G. Gallup Source: Seattle Times

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