The*os"o*phy (?), n. [Gr. ? knowledge of
things divine, fr. ? wise in the things of God; ? God + ? wise: cf.
F. théosophie.] Any system of philosophy or mysticism
which proposes to attain intercourse with God and superior spirits, and
consequent superhuman knowledge, by physical processes, as by the theurgic
operations of some ancient Platonists, or by the chemical processes of the
German fire philosophers; also, a direct, as distinguished from a revealed,
knowledge of God, supposed to be attained by extraordinary illumination;
especially, a direct insight into the processes of the divine mind, and the
interior relations of the divine nature.