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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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The results suggested that the link between materialism and Facebook activity can be partly explained by materialists displaying a stronger social comparison orientation, having more Facebook friends and objectifying and instrumentalising their friends more intensely.
In 1970, Materialists outnumbered Postmaterialists by four to one in these six nations as a whole; by 2000, Postmaterialists outnumbered Materialists.
He weighs the arguments of pro- and anti-analogy camps, going back to his division of jurists into formalists and materialists. He expands on non-causal analogy, the epistemology of the legal cause (especially whether appropriateness or effectiveness should be preferred), and formal methods such as consistency and convertibility.
However, despite the lack of consensus among specialists and the persistence of the problem, both academic and lay publications often present the materialist view of mind as an established scientific fact that should be accepted by every educated person, including psychiatrists and scientists in general (4,8).
Thus while materialists are right to complain that Cartesian dualism leaves mind-body interaction obscure, dualists are right to complain that purported materialist explanations in fact ignore, or even implicitly deny, the existence of mind.
It gets one of its names from an oft-quoted passage by the columnist Ellen Goodman: "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for--in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." Unconscious materialists are Henry David Thoreau's "mass of men" (and women) who "lead lives of quiet desperation." They don't see the lack of necessity in the routine, or, to put it another way, that necessity ought to suffice.
Clark's principal target is the materialist logic that dominates all forms of realist and much neoliberal thinking about hegemony.
Since then, inglehart and norris have documented major shifts in world consciousness, from the "materialist" values of people who have grown up worried about real survival needs such as hunger, to the "post-materialist" values of people who have grown up with their survival needs taken for granted.
This generated The Materialists - a group who didn't want to stop knitting.
Plantinga does not argue for this premise as well--he seems to be taking its denial to be crazy--although, of course, eliminative materialists deny it.
A great number of eighteenth-century philosophes adopted Spinoza's materialist monism and his critique of revelation and religion.