One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: the branch of learning that deals with the mind or thinking; (occasionally) a work on this subject (now historical). Later (also): the study of the spiritual or distinctively human aspects of humanity.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), philosopher, jurist, and reformer. From ancient Greek νόος nous + -logy. Compare post-classical Latin noologia.
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