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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dualism  \Du"al*ism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  dualisme.] 
  State  of  being  dual  or  twofold;  a  twofold  division;  any 
  system  which  is  founded  on  a  double  principle,  or  a  twofold 
  distinction;  as: 
  a  (Philos.)  A  view  of  man  as  constituted  of  two  original 
  and  independent  elements,  as  matter  and  spirit.  (Theol.) 
  b  A  system  which  accepts  two  gods,  or  two  original 
  principles,  one  good  and  the  other  evil. 
  c  The  doctrine  that  all  mankind  are  divided  by  the 
  arbitrary  decree  of  God,  and  in  his  eternal 
  foreknowledge,  into  two  classes,  the  elect  and  the 
  reprobate. 
  d  (Physiol.)  The  theory  that  each  cerebral  hemisphere  acts 
  independently  of  the  other 
 
  An  inevitable  dualism  bisects  nature,  so  that  each 
  thing  is  a  half,  and  suggests  another  thing  to  make 
  it  whole.  --Emerson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dualism 
  n  :  the  doctrine  that  reality  consists  of  two  basic  opposing 
  elements,  often  taken  to  be  mind  and  matter  (or  mind  and 
  body),  or  good  and  evil 




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