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The term sensualism is used in various senses. Its semantic core is often expressed by the slogan “Nihil est in intellectu, quod non prius fuerit in sensu” (“There is nothing in the mind that was not previously present in the senses”). The fuzziness in actual use is due to the association of this notion with a vague inventory of historical positions, coupled with the fact that since the early 19th century, when it came into common use, it has often been used as a combat term with irrelevant connotations, such as tho…

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Puster, Rolf W., “Sensualism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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