animism

animism (n.) 1866, reintroduced by English anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Taylor (1832-1917), who defined it (1871) as the "theory of the universal animation of nature," from L. anima "life, breath, soul." Earlier sense was of "doctrine that animal life is produced by an immaterial soul" (1832), from Ger. Animismus, coined c.1720 by physicist/chemist Georg Ernst Stahl (1660-1734) based on the concept of the ANIMA MUNDI (Cf. anima mundi). Animist is attested from 1819, in Stahl's sense; animisic is first recorded 1871.

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  • Animism — • The doctrine or theory of the soul Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Animism     Animism     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • animism — ANIMÍSM s.n. Formă primitivă a religiei, când oamenii credeau în spirite şi în existenţa unor duhuri ale obiectelor (plante, ape etc.); spiritualizare, personificare a forţelor şi a fenomenelor naturii. – Din fr. animisme. Trimis de ana zecheru,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Animism — has been applied to many different philosophical systems. It is used to describe Aristotle s view of the relation of soul and body held also by the stoics and scholastics. On the other hand monadology (Leibniz) has also been termed animistic. The …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • Animism — An i*mism, n. [Cf. F. animisme, fr. L. anima soul. See {Animate}.] 1. The doctrine, taught by Stahl, that the soul is the proper principle of life and development in the body. [1913 Webster] 2. The belief that inanimate objects and the phenomena… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • animism — ► NOUN ▪ the belief that plants and inanimate objects have souls. DERIVATIVES animist noun animistic adjective. ORIGIN from Latin anima life, soul …   English terms dictionary

  • animism — [an′i miz΄əm] n. [Fr animisme & Ger animismus, both < L anima, soul: see ANIMAL & ISM] 1. the doctrine that all life is produced by a spiritual force separate from matter 2. the belief that all natural phenomena have souls independent of their …   English World dictionary

  • animism — animist, adj. animistic, adj. /an euh miz euhm/, n. 1. the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls. 2. the belief that natural objects have souls that may exist apart from their material bodies. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Animism —    Arguably the proper label for the type of religion practiced among traditional indigenous people who employ shamans. Rather than being “shamanists” or adherents of “shamanism,” these people may be usefully named “animists.” While the term was… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • ANIMISM —    a very misleading term often used to characterize African and other non literate religious systems. The term was first introduced by Sir Edward B. TYLOR as a minimum definition of RELIGION. He argued that from sleep experiences, such as dreams …   Concise dictionary of Religion

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