Aver·​ro·​ism | \ əˈverəˌwizəm, aˈv- also ˌavəˈrōˌiz- \
plural -s

Definition of Averroism

1 : the doctrines of Averroës whose teachings were mainly written in the form of Neoplatonically influenced commentaries on Aristotle and differed from Avicennism in affirming that the whole world is created all at once by God directly, eternally, and continuously and that individual souls are not immortal except insofar as they participate in a universal intellect
2 : any of numerous and widely diverse doctrines of Jewish and Christian teachers in the 13th and later centuries regarded by themselves or by their critics as followers of Averroes and repeatedly condemned especially because of their real or supposed denial of human freedom and personal immortality

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“Averroism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Averroism. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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