from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sensationalism.
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Hume understood that the doctrine of materialism implies a doctrine of perception that holds that human experience is born entirely in material processes (what Alfred North Whitehead would later label "sensationism").
Ãtienne Bonnot, AbbÃ© de Condillac, was the chief exponent of a radically empiricist account of the workings of the mind that has since come to be referred to as "sensationism."
There are stronger and weaker ways of understanding Condillac's sensationism.
These views of memory and will are not necessarily inconsistent with Condillac's sensationism, his repeated claims to derive all the mind's capacities from the operation of sensation notwithstanding.
This strong sensationism (which has similarities with Locke's position) was coupled, as has already been noted, with an enlightenment stance, in the sense that it was governed by the conviction that knowledge, truth and morality are the purview of everyone, not merely the elect few.