Definition of Externalism

1. n. The quality of being manifest to the senses; external acts or appearances; regard for externals.

Definition of Externalism

1. Noun. Excessive regard to outward acts or appearances, especially in religion. The denial of internalism. ¹

2. Noun. The act of judging by outward appearance or acts. ¹

3. Noun. The belief that only things that can be observed by senses are real. ¹

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Definition of Externalism

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Medical Definition of Externalism

1. 1. The quality of being manifest to the senses; external acts or appearances; regard for externals. "This externalism gave Catholicism a great advantage on all sides." (E. Eggleston) 2. That philosophy or doctrine which recognizes or deals only with externals, or objects of sense perception; positivism; phenomenalism. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Externalism

external storage
external strabismus
external surface
external surface of frontal bone
external surface of parietal bone
external traction
external wall of cochlear duct
external world
externalism (current term)

Literary usage of Externalism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Expositor edited by Samuel Cox, William Robertson Nicoll, James Moffatt (1877)
"THE ANTAGONISM OF CHRIST AGAINST externalism. I HAVE now traced the growth of that new form and development of the Jewish religion, which, on the one hand, ..."

2. Ethica: Or, The Ethics of Reason by Simon Somerville Laurie (1891)
"ALTRUISTIC EMOTIONS : THE IDEA IN RELATIONS : NEGATIVE JUSTICE : BASIS OF SOCIETY : HEDONISM AND externalism. THE conclusion of the last chapter points to ..."

3. A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ by Emil Schürer (1885)
"Highly characteristic of this strong tendency to externalism are the three mementoes, by which every Israelite, who is faithful to the law, ..."

4. A Sketch of the Rise and Progress of Christianity by Robert William Mackay, ( (1854)
"externalism of the Church. Constantine's conversion made a great change in the relative condition of the Christians. Suddenly raised from a persecuted sect ..."

5. The Kingdom of God by Alexander Balmain Bruce (1889)
"Kindred to the foregoing evil in nature and tendency was the externalism of Pharisaism. This was an inherent vice of the system. ..."

6. The Kingdom of God: Or Christ's Teaching According to the Synoptical Gospels by Alexander Balmain Bruce (1889)
"Pharisaic righteousness, through its externalism, not only coexisted with, but even tended to produce, certain vices of the spirit. ..."

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