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  • n. The quality of being illusory.


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illusory +‎ -ness


  • Seminar series; jointly taught courses; larger divisional, non-departmental umbrella courses; and research seminars can all offer these opportunities without the costs or illusoriness of small unsustainable programs (at Grinnell College, we have undertaken this through more emphasis on interdisciplinarity facilitated by our Expanding Knowledge Initiative).

    Russell K. Osgood: Controlling Higher Education Costs by Curtailing Specialized Programs

  • Perception in presentational immediacy could produce the experience of the illusoriness of the phenomenal world, and causal efficacy without referential specificity may result in the experience of a non-specific unity of reality.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • Helped along by drugs and meditation, the counter-culture generation realized the “illusoriness of worldly striving.”

    Why Nothing Works

  • He saw well the illusoriness and unfruitfulness of such a universe as Spinoza dreamed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • But when we remarked that the natural man desired to be made well rather than to be made good, we were not merely thinking of one side of Christian Science teaching; we were bearing in mind that the author of _Science and Health_ declares the illusoriness of pain only as part of the illusoriness of all evil, moral as well as physical.

    Problems of Immanence: studies critical and constructive

  • So far as the wholesale declaration of the illusoriness of physical evil -- the ravages and tortures of disease -- is concerned, the implicit belief extended to the pretensions of this creed to master all such ills is proof, if proof were wanted, of the success which rewards those who act on the maxim, "_de l'audace, toujours de l'audace_!"

    Problems of Immanence: studies critical and constructive

  • Our task is to assert, first, then, the "otherness" of man, his difference from Nature, to point out the illusoriness of her phenomena for him, the derived reality and secondary value of her facts.

    Preaching and Paganism

  • Most philosophers -- or, at any rate, very many -- profess to be able to prove, by _a priori_ metaphysical reasoning, such things as the fundamental dogmas of religion, the essential rationality of the universe, the illusoriness of matter, the unreality of all evil, and so on.

    The Problems of Philosophy

  • That which is brought home to him is the illusoriness and hollowness of things when taken in the spirit of active endeavor.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • In sharp opposition to Christianity, this religion preaches the indivisible unity of the world and the illusoriness of the individual's sense of his own independent reality.

    The Approach to Philosophy


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