Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any theory of ethics which makes the summum bonum to consist, not in the excitement of particular feelings, but in a particular state of mind considered as an activity. The term originated with F. Paulsen, and is employed by Thilly and other of Paulsen's disciples. The distinction upon which the definition turns is not between an external fact and an internal fact, nor between the state of mind of society and that of the moral agent himself, but is rather partly between a state which modifies all others and a possibly transient state, and partly between a state of mind regarded as a fact in itself and a state of mind regarded as a seeming, that is, as a sort of sign, possibly deceptive, of another state of mind. Perfectionism seems to be nearly coextensive with the principal kind of energism.
“The memorable lines on spring in the second book are cast into the form of old poetry, but the basis of them is Epicurean energism, as in Lucretius 'prooemium.”
“We need neither to cast aside the mechanical view of the world nor to accept energism; neither of them is required.”
“He is endeavouring to find a foundation for a religious energism that will avoid the dangers which beset Luther's principle”
“Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers sees Satoshi loosely turn his sights toward the spy genre in a premise far removed from that of his first feature, but one which retains the kind of skewed psychological underpinnings and energism that made the former so enjoyable.”
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