Du"al*ism (?), n. [Cf. F. dualisme.]

State of being dual or twofold; a twofold division; any system which is founded on a double principle, or a twofold distinction

; as: (a) Philos.

A view of man as constituted of two original and independent elements, as matter and spirit

. Theol. (b)

A system which accepts two gods, or two original principles, one good and the other evil

. (c)

The doctrine that all mankind are divided by the arbitrary decree of God, and in his eternal foreknowledge, into two classes, the elect and the reprobate

. (d) Physiol.

The theory that each cerebral hemisphere acts independently of the other.

An inevitable dualism bisects nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole. Emerson.


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