Cosmothetic
Cosmothetic Cos`mo*thet"ic (k?z`m?-th?t"?k), a. [Gr. ko`smos universe + ??? to place or arrange.] (Metaph.) Assuming or positing the actual existence or reality of the physical or external world. [1913 Webster]

{Cosmothetic idealists} (Metaph.), those who assume, without attempting to prove, the reality of external objects as corresponding to, and being the ground of, the ideas of which only the mind has direct cognizance. [1913 Webster]

The cosmothetic idealists . . . deny that mind is immediately conscious of matter. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]


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  • cosmothetic — |käzmə|thed.ik adjective Etymology: cosm + Greek thetikos positive, from thet (stem of tithenai to set, place, assume) + ikos ic more at do philosophy : positing the external world compare cosmothetic idealism …   Useful english dictionary

  • cosmothetic — cos·mo·thet·ic …   English syllables

  • cosmothetic — A philosophy which assumes the existence of an external world without proof …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • Cosmothetic idealists — Cosmothetic Cos mo*thet ic (k?z m? th?t ?k), a. [Gr. ko smos universe + ??? to place or arrange.] (Metaph.) Assuming or positing the actual existence or reality of the physical or external world. [1913 Webster] {Cosmothetic idealists} (Metaph.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cosmothetic idealism — noun : a theory that posits a real external world but denies that mind has immediate cognizance of matter compare representationalism …   Useful english dictionary

  • Monism — • A philosophical term which, in its various meanings, is opposed to Dualism or Pluralism Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Monism     Monism      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ionian School of Philosophy — • Includes the earliest Greek philosophers, who lived at Miletus, an Ionian colony in Asia Minor, during the sixth century B.C., and a group of philosophers who lived about one hundred years later and modified the doctrines of their predecessors… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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