noun[mass noun] Philosophy
The doctrine that behind phenomena there are substantial realities.
- Thus, both Buddhist doctrine and Whitehead's philosophy avoid the extremes of substantialism and nihilism, and propose that things have a relational, interdependent type of existence.
- A third type of substantialism amounts to the theory that there is a plurality of ultimately irreducible individual souls rather than just a single divine one.
- The third revolutionary element is Buddhism's rejection of substantialism for the sake of a system of thought based on relativity as represented by the law of cause and effect.
- Example sentences
- Process thinkers do not accept the prevalent substantialist and deterministic understanding of the self.
- The roots of the substantialist way of seeing the world are Hellenistic and patriarchal.
- In our language, and in our common sense understanding of language, the substantialist meaning of ‘being’ is the literal and genuine meaning, and any other is metaphorical and lesser.
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