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Definitions for naturalism
ˈnætʃ ər əˌlɪz əm, ˈnætʃ rə-nat·u·ral·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naturalismnoun

    (philosophy) the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations

  2. naturalism, realismnoun

    an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description


  1. naturalismnoun

    A state of nature; conformity to nature.

  2. naturalismnoun

    Metaphaphoric: The doctrine that denies a supernatural agency in the miracles and revelations recorded in the Bible, and in spiritual influences

  3. naturalismnoun

    Any system of philosophy which refers the phenomena of nature as a blind force or forces acting necessarily or according to fixed laws, excluding origination or direction by a will.

  4. naturalismnoun

    A doctrine which denies a strong separation between scientific and philosophic methodologies and/or topics

  5. naturalismnoun

    A movement in theatre, film, and literature that seeks to replicate a believable everyday reality, as opposed to such movements as Romanticism or Surrealism, in which subjects may receive highly symbolic, idealistic, or even supernatural treatment.

  6. naturalismnoun

    naturism, social nudity.

  7. Etymology: Confer naturalisme.


  1. naturalism

    Naturalism is a philosophical, literary, or artistic approach that emphasizes observation and the scientific method in the study of human beings and the world around them. In its broadest sense, it is the belief that everything that exists can be explained by natural causes and laws, rejecting the idea of supernatural or spiritual influences. It emphasizes a realistic portrayal of the world or human life, grounded in empirical evidence and generally governed by deterministic principles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naturalismnoun

    a state of nature; conformity to nature

  2. Naturalismnoun

    the doctrine of those who deny a supernatural agency in the miracles and revelations recorded in the Bible, and in spiritual influences; also, any system of philosophy which refers the phenomena of nature to a blind force or forces acting necessarily or according to fixed laws, excluding origination or direction by one intelligent will

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. naturalisme.]


  1. Naturalism

    Naturalism is "the idea or belief that only natural laws and forces operate in the world; the idea or belief that nothing exists beyond the natural world." Adherents of naturalism assert that natural laws are the rules that govern the structure and behavior of the natural universe, that the universe is a product of these laws. "Naturalism can intuitively be separated into a [metaphysical] and a methodological component." Metaphysical here refers to the philosophical study of the nature of reality. Philosopher Paul Kurtz argues that nature is best accounted for by reference to material principles. These principles include mass, energy, and other physical and chemical properties accepted by the scientific community. Further, this sense of naturalism holds that spirits, deities, and ghosts are not real and that there is no "purpose" in nature. Such an absolute belief in naturalism is commonly referred to as metaphysical naturalism. In contrast, assuming naturalism in working methods, without necessarily considering naturalism as an absolute truth with philosophical entailments, is called methodological naturalism. The subject matter here is a philosophy of acquiring knowledge.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Naturalism

    a philosophical term used to denote the resolution of the supernatural into the natural, and its obliteration; the reference of everything to merely natural laws, and the denial of all supernatural interference with them.

Editors Contribution

  1. Naturalism

    one of the four principal schools of Astronist eschatology denying the existence of any form of supernaturalism and holds that nature, both terrestrial and cosmic, provides the answers to human existentiality. It advocates for the notion that humans are simply a product of nature without any divinely ascribed significance in The Cosmos. Other hallmarks of naturalistic eschatology are the denial of an afterlife, the denial of the existence of the soul, and the denial of the direct interaction between humans and The Divine (God).

    Submitted by AstronistInstitution on September 7, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of naturalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of naturalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    You can’t really judge an actor’s abilities by their career, because the business is going to pigeonhole people into whatever turns a profit, and no artist is less in charge of how their work is presented than an actor, the appeal of Vince was that within a great naturalism, he can convey fierce intelligence, complex emotion, and a real warmth married to a real edge, strength and vulnerability and danger and humor. There are essential contradictions at work that makes him fascinating to watch.

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