Malebranchism

noun

Mal·​e·​branch·​ism
¦malə¦branˌchizəm
plural -s
: a philosophical system based on the premise that the mind cannot have knowledge of anything external to itself except through its relation to God

Word History

Etymology

French malebranchisme, from Nicolas de Malebranche †1715 French metaphysician + French -isme -ism

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“Malebranchism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Malebranchism. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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