phenomenalism

noun
phe·​nom·​e·​nal·​ism | \ fi-ˈnä-mə-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce phenomenalism (audio) \

Definition of phenomenalism

1 : a theory that limits knowledge to phenomena only
2 : a theory that all knowledge is of phenomena and that what is construed to be perception of material objects is simply perception of sense-data

Other Words from phenomenalism

phenomenalist \ fi-​ˈnä-​mə-​nə-​list How to pronounce phenomenalism (audio) \ noun or adjective
phenomenalistic \ fi-​ˌnä-​mə-​nə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce phenomenalism (audio) \ adjective
phenomenalistically \ fi-​ˌnä-​mə-​nə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phenomenalism (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of phenomenalism

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phenomenalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenomenalism. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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