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In philosophy, noetics is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind and intellect. Noetic topics include the doctrine of the agent/patient intellect (Aristotle, Averroes)[1] and the doctrine of the Divine Intellect (Plotinus).[2]

Contemporary use[edit]

More recently the term "noetics" has been employed by several authors who write about consciousness, spirituality and cosmology.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences proposes noetic sciences as an alternative theory of "how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world."[3]

See also[edit]

Traditional philosophy
Consciousness studies
Alternative philosophy and parapsychology


  1. ^ Daniel D. De Haan (2010). Aristotle's De Anima: A Common Point of Departure for Averroistic and Thomistic Noetics?
  2. ^ Richard T. Wallis. Neoplatonism and gnosticism. SUNY Press, 1992.
  3. ^ Institute of Noetic Sciences. <>

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