intellectualism

<ethics, philosophy> the first historical figure who is usually called an intellectualist is Socrates (470-399 BC), since he enunciated the principle that "knowledge is sufficient for excellence" - in other words, that one will do what is right or best just as soon as one truly understands what is right or best. As an approach to philosophy and to values, the word intellectualism often has the same meaning as philosophical or psychological rationalism and commonly has the same negative connotations of over-reliance on theoretical models to the detriment of practical living. (References from Platonism and Socraticism.)

[The Ism Book]

Edited by Giovanni Benzi

<2001-03-25>

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