Definition of Sensualism

1. Noun. Desire for sensual pleasures.




2. Noun. (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good.
Exact synonyms: Sensationalism
Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory

Definition of Sensualism

1. n. The condition or character of one who is sensual; subjection to sensual feelings and appetite; sensuality.

Definition of Sensualism

1. Noun. Addiction to or obsession with sensual pleasures or affairs ¹

2. Noun. (ethics) The doctrine that gratification of the senses is the highest good. ¹

3. Noun. (epistemology) The doctrine that all knowledge not only originates in sensation, but are transformed sensations, copies or relics of sensations; sensationalism. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sensualism

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Medical Definition of Sensualism

1. 1. The condition or character of one who is sensual; subjection to sensual feelings and appetite; sensuality. 2. The doctrine that all our ideas, or the operations of the understanding, not only originate in sensation, but are transformed sensations, copies or relics of sensations; sensationalism; sensism. 3. The regarding of the gratification of the senses as the highest good. Origin: Cf. F. Sensualisme. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Sensualism

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1. Course of the History of Modern Philosophy by Victor Cousin, Orlando Williams Wight (1856)
"Skepticism.—First school of skepticism, the product of idealism : new Academy.—Second school of skepti- cism,the product of sensualism ..."

2. Elements of Logic: Together with an Introductory View of Philosophy in by Henry Philip Tappan (1856)
"sensualism AND TRANSCENDENTALISM. WE now arrive at the point of departure ... sensualism, concentrating its thought in the sensuous conditions of knowledge ..."

3. Introduction to Philosophy by Wilhelm Jerusalem (1910)
"sensualism All unreflective thought is in a certain sense sensual- istic, ... sensualism, in - the philosophic sense, however, does not become a definite ..."

4. Introduction to Philosophy by Wilhelm Jerusalem (1910)
"sensualism All unreflective thought is in a certain sense sensual- istic, ... sensualism, in the philosophic sense, however, does not become a definite ..."

5. The Art-idea: Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture in America by James Jackson Jarves (1865)
"Examples. — The Laokoon. — Dying Gladiator. — sensualism of Christian Art. — Whence derived. — Art-Aspect of Oriental Symbolism. — Dante -- Milton. ..."

6. Institutes of Metaphysic: The Theory of Knowing and Being by James Frederick Ferrier (1856)
"If we must have sensualism, let us have it clear and undiluted. Vain are all the compromises of psychology—worse than vain, for they make error doubly ..."

7. Course of the History of Modern Philosophy by Victor Cousin, Orlando Williams Wight (1856)
"Sensation and reflection.—Of the operations of the mind. According to Locke, they are exercised only upon sensible data. Basis of sensualism. ..."

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