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freethinker
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
a person who uses their own mind to decide what to believe rather than accepting dogma — especially with regard to religious beliefs
  • I had the honor of telling your countrymen about that great poet and freethinker once his life had drawn to a close.
    3.4 - Satana (30% in)
  • It seems to me you have to be clear about these two intellectual directions, or dispositions, as they might more accurately be called—the religious and the freethinking.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (21% in)
  • They both have their good points, but what I particularly have against the freethinking one—the Settembrinian one, I mean—is that it assumes that only it truly represents human dignity.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (21% in)
  • In its own way, the other contains a great deal of human dignity, too, and contributes to moral conduct and decorum and noble formality, certainly more than 'freethinking' does—and always with an eye to human weakness and frailty.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (22% in)
  • And matters were no less confusing when it came to "objective reality" and the "self"—indeed, the confusion here, which was in fact always the same confusion, was so hopeless and literally confused that no one knew any longer who was the devout soul and who the freethinker.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (92% in)
  • And then there was caustic little Naphta, who was bound to strict vows—and such a freethinker that he came close to being a libertine himself, making the Italian look like the dupe of virtue, so to speak.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (97% in)
  • ...behind Naphta's back in tones of pathos-laden admonition about the Jesuit, as if he were somehow diabolic, Naphta made unperturbed fun of the other man and the sphere he came from, suggesting that the whole thing was terribly old-fashioned and backward, an attempt at bourgeois enlightenment perpetrated by yesterday's freethinkers, when in fact it was nothing more than a wretched intellectual mirage, which its self-deluded adherents ludicrously believed was full of revolutionary life.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (22% in)
  • I am speaking in generalities, but you will know how to apply my words to those humanitarian freethinkers, who believe themselves to be heroes still standing up against authority and domination.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (23% in)
  • I never would have thought that a freethinker like Settembrini could submit to such blatantly Spanish requirements and vows.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (25% in)
  • Banal freethinkers would have had reason to think so, It was a time when our own priests wanted to breathe the spirit of Catholic hierarchy into Freemasonry, and there was even a flourishing Jesuit lodge at Clermont, in France.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (26% in)
  • No, he does not like to recall that there was a time when his society was the object of all the antipathies that freethinkers, atheists, and rationalistic encyclopedists usually reserve for the Church, Catholicism, monks, and the Middle Ages.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (29% in)
  • And there you had the central dogma of atheistic freethinkers and their pseudo-religion, which presumed to abolish the Book of Genesis and replace it with a stultifying fable of enlightened knowledge, as if Haeckel had been present at the creation of the earth.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (39% in)

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