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Philosophical System

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun philosophical system:


Definition of the noun philosophical system

What does philosophical system mean as a name of something?


  1. a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of philosophical system: doctrine / ism / philosophy / school of thought
    • more generic word: belief = any cognitive content held as true
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • Kabbalism / Cabalism = 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
      • 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
      • credo / creed = any system of principles or beliefs
      • divine right of kings / divine right = the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects
      • dogma = a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • individualism / laissez faire = 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 / passivism / pacifism = 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
      • reformism = a doctrine of reform
      • secular humanism / humanism = the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason
      • humanitarianism / humanism = the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare
      • equalitarianism / egalitarianism = the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political and economic and social equality
      • feminism = a doctrine that advocates equal rights for women
      • reincarnationism = a doctrine that on the death of the body the soul migrates to or is born again in another body
      • secessionism = a doctrine that maintains the right of secession
      • secularism = a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
      • phenomenology = a philosophical doctrine proposed by Edmund Husserl based on the study of human experience in which considerations of objective reality are not taken into account
      • philosophical doctrine / philosophical theory = a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
      • states' rights = a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states
      • commandment / teaching / precept = a doctrine that is taught
      • theological doctrine = the doctrine of a religious group
      • utilitarianism = doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill
      • descriptivism = a doctrine supporting or promoting descriptive linguistics
      • descriptivism = a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value
      • prescriptivism = a doctrine supporting or promoting prescriptive linguistics
      • prescriptivism = a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior
      • religious doctrine / church doctrine / gospel / creed = the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
      • millennium = in Revelations it is foretold that those faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus over the earth for a thousand years; the meaning of these words have been much debated

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Philosophical System

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Google previewEncyclopedia and Utopia (1996)

The Life and Work of Otto Neurath (1882-1945) by E. Nemeth, Friedrich Stadler

Neurath opposed both the complete scientific system and the complete philosophical system. Incompleteness is a condition of all human knowledge, and the only truly rational stance is one that admits this. Both philosophical and scientific ...

Google previewWestminster Dictionary of Theological Terms (1996)

by Donald K. McKim

idealism, Berkeleian A philosophical system derived from the views of George Berkeley (1685-1753) that no material reality exists independently and apart from mental constructs or ideas. Also called "immaterialism." idealism, Hegelian ...

Google previewLexicon Grammaticorum (2009)

A bio-bibliographical companion to the history of linguistics by Harro Stammerjohann

This concept of a philosophical language included two basic systems: a philosophical system to explain the natural and divine order of the universe; and a spoken and written system, based on a universal grammar, to communicate the ever ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Government and Politics (1992)

by M. E. Hawkesworth, Maurice Kogan

established, largely outside the sphere of formal academic institutions, as a distinctive social theory and political doctrine (and to some extent as a comprehensive philosophical system) in which three main elements are distinguishable.

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