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1. Epistemology

The term sensualism (from Latin sensus, “sense,” and sensualis, “sensory,” “sensitive”) was coined in the 19th century by Charles de Villers [7. 154]. Initially it denoted a position that was first developed in principle during the early modern period in the epistemology of the 17th century: the view that human knowledge and activity are determined exclusively by sense perceptions. This position was directed against the assumption of contents or structures within …

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Lehmann-Brauns, Sicco, “Sensualism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027426>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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