Definition of absolute idealism in English:

absolute idealism


  • 1Any of various views according to which the only true reality is the Absolute and that the objects of human knowledge are ideas of a universal mind or forms in which the Absolute manifests itself (now chiefly historical).

  • 2(More generally) any of various other forms of idealism which do not suppose an independent reality underlying our ideas of external objects.


Early 19th century. After German absoluter Idealismus.