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  • noun The science which treats of the origin of ideas.

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  • noun The science dealing with the origin of ideas.


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ideo- + -geny, compare French idéogénie and English idea, genesis.


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  • Where Locke, criticizing the ideogeny of Descartes, and admitting the part of empirical experience in the formation of ideas, left the metaphysical material substance and the metaphysical soul, as realities, uncriticized, Berkeley, developing his position further taught that the supposed existence of the material world was not only indemonstrable, but false.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip 1840-1916 1913


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  • Study of origins of ideas. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008