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materialism

Philosophy
The philosophical theory that nothing exists in the universe but matter and energy.

Psychology
A personal preoccupation with material things and comforts, to the exclusion of intellectual, spiritual and cultural pursuits.
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He understands the importance of Austrian economics and the centrality of the calculation problem, as expounded by Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard, to the theoretical health of the materialist project.
In opposing the artist to the materialist, Johnson explores alternative metaphysical positions of Realism and Idealism - the two fundamentally different ways people conceive of their world, think about their world, and make crucial decisions about their world and other people.
ECHO, September 22), it is clear the anonymous writer has a rationalist, materialist viewpoint, to which a religious personwould need to respond from a spiritual one.
Birmingham Roman Catholic archdiocese spokesman Peter Jennings, who was at the Leeds conference, said: "While the cardinal did indeed paint a fairly gloomy picture about life in materialist Britain today, he did not say Christianity was dead.
Thomas Merton's self-conscious and widely publicized rejection of materialism and the capitalist society that depends upon it becomes the very avenue that American Catholics use to leave their ghetto and become more enmeshed within the materialist culture.
Whereas when a more secular, materialist painter wrestles with space and color and paint application and comes up short, you can at least latch onto some vigorous carpentry - even if it leaves splinters in your hands.
This is not just vaguely agnostic, materialist, or secularist.
The French philosopher Michel Foucault's theories of power were influential in the formation of the political theory that is the trademark of the new historicist/cultural materialist movement.
I am the president of the American Humanist Association, a thoroughgoing materialist and rationalist organization.
This is magnificently subtle and sensitive work which combines materialist explanatory factors with a deep rooted concern for understanding the mentality of working-class people.
Hence the existence of materialist, reductionist and spiritualist interpretations.
77) Ursa attempts, liek Walter Benjamin's historical materialist, to extract tradition from the cultural victors her great-grandfather/grandfather represents.