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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 covers the inorganic open: nanotechnology and physical being; objectism: Charles Olson's poetics of physical being; design science: geodesic architecture in nanoscale carbon chemistry and Ronald Johnson's ARK; surrational solids, surrealist liquids: crystallography and biotechnology in materials science and materialist poetry; and the scale of a wound" nanotechnology and the poetics of real abstraction in Shanxing Wang's Mad Science in Imperial City.
The tacit assumption among most materialists--one shared by most of their critics--has been that more basic biological phenomena, such as metabolism and reproduction, do not pose a serious obstacle to the materialist program, that these can be easily accommodated within a materialist framework.
This approach aims to articulate into an integrative model the psychological perspective of motivational types, proposed by Schwartz (1992), with the sociological perspective of materialist and post-materialist values, proposed by Inglehart (1989).
Besides, materialist views on the MBR did not necessarily imply a materialist view of the universe, as 55% of those believing that the mind is a brain product rejected a purely physical description of the universe.
The materialist, who like the Cartesian identifies matter with the mathematical abstraction but rejects immaterial substance, is like someone who denies that glasses of orange juice exist and defines an "orange" as a pile of dried-out pulp and husk alone.
The standard interpretation cites that the LDP reacted by adjusting its policy mix, emphasizing materialist, but programmatic--as opposed to clientelist--policies to reach these urban voters.
Among the several kinds of materialists, I'm going to leave alone the absolute or philosophical materialist, who believes not only that "We live in a material world," but that matter is all there is, that nothing transcends the "thingness" of the world.
Despite the flaws of the materialist approach, does it not ensure the greatest amount of objectivity?
Materialist science simply assumes the existence of the laws that govern inorganic and organic life, but Nagel wishes to know "why the laws that do hold hold" (p.
According to this theory, older generations developed materialist values (rational-secular values) while confronting life's hardships in a social climate of scarcity and insecurity, while keeping hard work in high esteem.
case and to expose the oversimplification of the materialist approach.
These are questions of epistemology, questions which have been taken up by an emerging body of work described as "new materialist feminism.