intellectualism

/ɪntəˈlɛktʃuəlɪzəm/ (say intuh'lekchoohuhlizuhm)

noun
1. the exercise of the intellect; devotion to intellectual pursuits.
2. Philosophy
a. the doctrine that knowledge is wholly or chiefly derived from pure reason.
b. the belief that reason is the ultimate principle of reality.
intellectualist, noun
intellectualistic /ɪntəˌlɛktʃuəˈlɪstɪk/ (say intuh.lekchoohuh'listik), adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • intellectualism — 1829; see INTELLECTUAL (Cf. intellectual) + ISM (Cf. ism). Probably based on Ger. Intellektualismus (said by Klein to have been coined 1803 by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775 1854) from L.L. intellectualis). In English, originally… …   Etymology dictionary

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