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Noology, or Noölogy derives from the ancient Greek words νοῦς, nous or "mind" and λόγος, logos. Noology thus outlines a systematic study and organization of thought, knowledge and the mind.


In the Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant uses "noology" synonymously with rationalism, distinguishing it from empiricism:

[Philosophers have differed from each other with] respect to the origin of pure rational knowledge, and as to whether it is derived from experience, or has its origin independently of experience, in reason. Aristotle may be considered as the head of the empiricists, Plato of the noologists. Locke, who in modern times followed Aristotle, and Leibniz, who followed Plato (though at a sufficient distance from his mystical system), have not been able to bring this dispute to any conclusion.[1]

The Spanish philosopher Xavier Zubiri developed his own notion of noology.[2]

The term is also used to describe the science of intellectual phenomena. It is the study of images of thought, their emergence, their genealogy, and their creation.[3]

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  1. ^ Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason. Trans. Marcus Weigelt and Max Muller (A854, A855). London: Penguin Books, 2007. Page numbers are Weigelt's marginal numbers that refer to the page numbers of the standard edition of Kritik der reinen Vernunft.
  2. ^ Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Phenomenology World-wide: Foundations — Expanding Dynamics — Life-Engagements: A Guide for Research and Study, Springer, 2002, p. 403.
  3. ^ Jamie Murray (June 2006). "Nome law: Deleuze & Guattari on the emergence of law". International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 19 (2): 127–151. doi:10.1007/s11196-006-9014-0. S2CID 145423489.

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