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In philosophy, noetics is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind and intellect. Noetic topics include the doctrine of the agent/patient intellect (Aristotle, Averroes)[1] and the doctrine of the Divine Intellect (Plotinus).[2]

Contemporary use[edit]

More recently[when?] the term "noetics" has been employed by several authors like Dan Brown in "the Lost Symbol" or others who write about consciousness and spirituality.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences proposes noetic sciences as "how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world."[3]

See also[edit]

Traditional philosophy
Consciousness studies
Alternative philosophy and parapsychology


  1. ^ Daniel D. De Haan (2010). Aristotle's De Anima: A Common Point of Departure for Averroistic and Thomistic Noetics?
  2. ^ Richard T. Wallis. Neoplatonism and gnosticism. SUNY Press, 1992.
  3. ^ Institute of Noetic Sciences. <>

Further reading[edit]

  • Davidson, H.A., Alfarabi, Avicenna, and Averroes, on Intellect. Their Cosmologies, Theories of the Active Intellect, and Theories of Human Intellect, New York-Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Kenny, Anthony, Aquinas on Mind, Routledge, 1994.
  • Brentano, Franz, Sensory and Noetic Consciousness: Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint III, International Library of Philosophy and Scientific Method, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981.
  • de Quincey, C., Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship, Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2005.

External links[edit]

The dictionary definition of noetic at Wiktionary