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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

du•al•ismˈdu əˌlɪz əm, ˈdyu-(n.)

  1. the state of being dual or consisting of two parts; division into two.

  2. (in metaphysics) any of various theories holding that reality is composed of two mutually irreducible substances. (in epistemology) the view that substances are either material or mental.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare monism (def. 1a), 1 1 pluralism (def. 1a). 1 1

  3. the theological doctrine that there are two eternal principles, one good and one evil. the belief that humans embody two parts, as body and soul.

    Category: Religion

Origin of dualism:

1785–95

du′al•ist(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dualism(noun)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. dualism(Noun)

    Duality; the condition of being double.

  2. dualism(Noun)

    The view that the world consists of, or is explicable in terms of, two fundamental principles, such as mind and matter or good and evil.

  3. dualism(Noun)

    The belief that the world is ruled by a pair of antagonistic forces, such as good and evil; the belief that man has two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dualism(noun)

    state of being dual or twofold; a twofold division; any system which is founded on a double principle, or a twofold distinction

  2. Dualism(noun)

    a view of man as constituted of two original and independent elements, as matter and spirit

  3. Dualism(noun)

    a system which accepts two gods, or two original principles, one good and the other evil

  4. Dualism(noun)

    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. Dualism(noun)

    the theory that each cerebral hemisphere acts independently of the other

Freebase

  1. Dualism

    Dualism denotes a state of two parts. The term 'dualism' was originally coined to denote co-eternal binary opposition, a meaning that is preserved in metaphysical and philosophical duality discourse but has been diluted in general or common usages. Dualism can refer to moral dualism, mind-body or mind-matter dualism or physical dualism. Dualism holds to the belief that there are two elements of existence: Physical and Spiritual.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dualism

    or Manichæism, the doctrine that there are two opposite and independently existing principles which go to constitute every concrete thing throughout the universe, such as a principle of good and a principle of evil, light and darkness, life and death, spirit and matter, ideal and real, yea and nay, God and Devil, Christ and Antichrist, Ormuzd and Ahriman.

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