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Dictionary Definition

noetic adj : of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind; "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man" [syn: intellectual, rational]

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  1. of or pertaining to the mind or intellect.
  2. originating in or apprehended by reason.
  3. understood only through the reasoning process.


  1. the science of the intellect.

Extensive Definition

Noetic theory (from Greek word noûs), is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of nature, the operation of intellect, and the relationship between human and divine intellect. In the Western tradition and Persian/Islamic philosophy, noetic theory was strongly influenced by the theories of philosophers as Anaxagoras, Aristotle, and Plato.


  • 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.
noetic in French: Noétique
noetic in Hebrew: נואטי

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