Definition of dualism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdjuːəlɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1The division of something conceptually into two opposed or contrasted aspects, or the state of being so divided: a dualism between man and nature
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  • This is so because, in the Pauline view, reality is not viewed in terms of sharply contrasting ontological or epistemological dualisms.
  • Haraway has told us the power of ‘cyborg imagery’ lies in its ability to ‘suggest a way out of the maze of dualisms in which we have explained our bodies and our tools to ourselves’.
  • Yet theories that endorse the implosion and blurring of the traditionally drawn boundaries between conventionally accepted dualisms are not necessarily postmodern.
1.1 Philosophy A theory or system of thought that regards a domain of reality in terms of two independent principles, especially mind and matter ( Cartesian dualism). Compare with idealism, materialism, monism.
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  • It would be an interesting historical task to determine which kinds of dualism advocated by the philosophers of the past fall into which category, but there is no room for this task here.
  • This Cudworth therefore interpreted Descartes' dualism with some latitude to explain all movement, life and action in terms of the activity of spirits operating on inert matter.
  • Hence dualism itself does not preclude animal minds.
1.2The religious doctrine that the universe contains opposed powers of good and evil, especially seen as balanced equals.
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  • I think the debate is - and should be - between two different forms of dualism: secular dualism and religious dualism.
  • He discussed the philosophy of mathematics, political philosophy where topics such as censorship are discussed, and religious philosophy where topics such as atheism, dualism and pantheism are considered.
  • This runs contrary to the Zoroastrian doctrine of dualism, which propounds the idea of two conflicting powers - good and evil.
1.3(In Christian theology) the doctrine that Christ had two coexisting natures, human and divine.
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  • Clearly, that would be a contemporary form of Manichean dualism amounting to a denial of God's lordship, power, and redemption.
2The quality or condition of being dual; duality.
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  • As scenes in the fast moving episodes unfold, the music reconciles difference and similarity; it suggests dualism and unexplored complexity.
  • A similar dualism, a kind of double vision of the world is typical also for Ihan's poetry, which often brushes against the borders of poetic prose.
  • There was an interesting dichotomy between Samantha and Charly, almost like a dualism between femininity and masculinity.



Pronunciation: /ˈdjuːəlɪst/
noun& adjective
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  • Cathars were dualists, believing in the co-existence of good (the soul) imprisoned within evil (the physical body).
  • They were dualists who believed that the human being consisted of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
  • They were the members of Europe's first great dualist church, which flourished in Bulgaria and the Balkans from the 10th to the 15th century.


Pronunciation: /djuːəˈlɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • It may free men and women from performing their constricted gendered roles that are dualistic, rigidly defined, and ultimately destructive.
  • India is a classic example of dualistic society, where an informal traditional segment coexists with a formal modern segment.
  • He also placed Emilie on a pedestal, torn by his own dualistic view of women as either pure or tarnished.


Pronunciation: /djuːəˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • That fierce, tight clinging that you have to phenomena, experienced dualistically, will gradually loosen up, and your obsession with happiness and suffering, hopes and fears, etc., will slowly weaken.
  • As much as I myself disagree with both the tone and substance of some of Hauerwas' critiques of our society, I do not see how one can characterize him as dualistically rejecting or withdrawing from that society.
  • And those things begin when we think dualistically.


Late 18th century: from dual, on the pattern of French dualisme.

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