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From Latin: "form of mind"
- A way of thinking; a mindset or set of attitudes.
2002, James Martin, Antonio Gramsci: Marxism, philosophy and politics, ISBN 0415217490, page 432:
- The groups that are out of power in this kind of state are allowed to aspire for power, but the prevailing forma mentis will induce them to pursue their goals in a manner that does not threaten the basic order or orderliness as such
2007, Massimo Mazzotti, The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God, ISBN 0801887097, page 26:
- Exposure to the logical structure of Latin grammar was thought to mold each student's forma mentis (mind set) appropriately—the content of selected texts would inspire him to cultivate the aristocratic virtues