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This term was originally used in a derogatory sense, which it still often retains : the attitude which exaggerates the role of the intelligence in its work of abstraction, forming of concepts and use of logical reasoning, to the detriment of other activities such as observation, intuition, willing and feeling. Today, however, the term is frequently used in a good sense, to designate the attitude which recognizes the preponderant role of the intelligence in man’s conscious activity. But the quest…

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Fernand Van Steenberghen, “Intellectualism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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