pansensism

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First attested in 1956; formed as pan- (“all”; representing Ancient Greek πᾶν (pân), the neuter form of πᾶς (pâs), with the same signification) + sens(e) (representing sēns-, the stem of the Latin sēnsus, in the sense of “perception”, “capability of feeling”, “ability to perceive”) + -ism (representing the Ancient Greek -ισμός (-ismós), forming names of religious, ecclesiastical, or philosophical systems); compare omnisensuality and panæsthetism.

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pansensism (uncountable)

  1. (in the history of philosophy) The closely allied forms of panpsychism espoused by the Italian Renaissance philosophers Bernardino Telesio (1509–1588) and Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639), in which all things are capable of perception or sensation.
    • 1956, Franciscan Studies XVI, page 58
      A clarification is needed at this point concerning Campanella’s doctrine of universal sensation or pansensism, which has a close relationship to his doctrine of self-consciousness.