pansentience

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Macaronic ad-hoc formation of Ancient Greek παν (pan, all) and Latin sentiens, present participle of sentiō (feel, sense)

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pansentience (uncountable)

  1. The concept of all things having sentience.
    • 2008, Arturo Escobar, Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes, page 298
      If language and meaning, as some of these biologists suggest, are properties of all living beings and not only of humans—that is, if the world is one of pansentience—can activists and others learn to become “readers of the book of life” and avail themselves of this reading to illuminate their reveries and strategies?
    • 2010, M. R. Redclift, ‎Graham Woodgate, The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, page 101:
      Some (e.g. Goodwin, 2007) go further to suggest that language and meaning are properties of all living beings and not only of human beings – in other words, that the world is one of pansentience.
    • 2011, Madhusudan Sakya, Current Perspectives in Buddhism, page 158:
      To sum up, the universe is the thoughtform of the collective mindstream of all sentient beings (and there is nothing which is non-sentient; pansentience).

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