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a. capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
b. (in metaphysical systems such as those of Plato or Kant) denoting that metaphysical realm which is accessible to the intellect as opposed to the world of mere phenomena accessible to the senses



a philosophical term denoting an object or phenomenon comprehended only through reason or intellectual intuition. The sensible, that is, that which is comprehended by means of the senses, is the opposite of the intelligible. The concept of intelligible is widely used in Scholasticism and in the philosophy of I. Kant.

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If Berkeleian immaterialism results from eliminating the material side of Descartes' dualism, a materialist approach to the mind results from eliminating the immaterial side.
Perhaps the most obvious sense in which Kant was an idealist was in his opposition to the 'reality' of time and space, (7) an opposition which has been interpreted by many as suggesting a version of Bekeley's immaterialism.
4) This essay shows how Godwin exchanges an Enlightenment universalism and essentialism, heavily tinctured with Calvinist stoicism and immaterialism, for a more skeptical romanticism which foregrounds the contingency and corporeality of human nature and which profoundly affects his interpretation, practice and deployment of history.
Dunlevy Fritz, "Malebranche and the Immaterialism of Berkeley".
The Principles is a subtly developed argument for his central theory, and the Dialogues is a lively and imaginative presentation of the opposing views of materialism (represented by Hylas) and Berkeley's metaphysical idealism or immaterialism (represented by Philonous).
True enough, sociologists currently interested in technology privilege information machines and indulge in a rhetoric of immaterialism and dematerialization.
His high-minded immaterialism, however, is a time bomb, for at 40 he has already spent nearly his entire paternal legacy on the books and is drifting unawares into pennilessness.