See also: Spiritualism
- (philosophy) A doctrine, opposing materialism, that claims transcendency of the divine being, the altogether spiritual character of reality and the value of inwardness of consciousness.
- 1880, R. H. Hutton, “Preface”, in Theological essays:
- What is called spiritualism should, I think, be called a mental species of materialism.
- A belief that the dead communicate with the living, especially through a medium. Used in a broader sense than spiritism/Kardecism.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 229:
- I wish it were possible to impress this truth upon people who rush into spiritualism from curiosity, or who try "table rapping" or some similar phenomenon "for fun".
- The quality or state of being spiritual.
Derived terms Edit
the philosophic doctrine, opposing materialism
the belief that the dead communicate with the living through mediums
spiritualism n (uncountable)
declension of spiritualism (singular only)