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Definitions for materialism
məˈtɪər i əˌlɪz əmma·te·ri·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. materialism, philistinismnoun

    a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

  2. materialism, physicalismnoun

    (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality

Wiktionary

  1. materialismnoun

    Constant concern over material possessions and wealth; a great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.

  2. materialismnoun

    The philosophical belief that nothing exists beyond what is physical.

Wikipedia

  1. Materialism

    Materialism is a form of philosophical monism that holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes (such as the biochemistry of the human brain and nervous system), without which they cannot exist. This concept directly contrasts with idealism, where mind and consciousness are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary. Materialism is closely related to physicalism—the view that all that exists is ultimately physical. Philosophical physicalism has evolved from materialism with the theories of the physical sciences to incorporate more sophisticated notions of physicality than mere ordinary matter (e.g. spacetime, physical energies and forces, and dark matter). Thus, the term physicalism is preferred over materialism by some, while others use the terms as if they were synonymous. Philosophies contradictory to materialism or physicalism include idealism, pluralism, dualism, panpsychism, and other forms of monism.

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  1. materialism

    Materialism is a philosophical theory or attitude that physical matter, its motions and behaviors, is the fundamental substance or reality in the universe, and all things, including mental aspects and consciousness, are results of material interactions. In a more general and societal context, materialism can also refer to a preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Materialismnoun

    the doctrine of materialists; materialistic views and tenets

  2. Materialismnoun

    the tendency to give undue importance to material interests; devotion to the material nature and its wants

  3. Materialismnoun

    material substances in the aggregate; matter

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. matrialisme.]

Wikidata

  1. Materialism

    In philosophy, the theory of materialism holds that the only thing that exists is matter or energy; that all things are composed of material and all phenomena are the result of material interactions. In other words, matter is the only substance, and reality is identical with the actually occurring states of energy and matter. To many philosophers, 'materialism' is synonymous with 'physicalism'. However, materialists have historically held that everything is made of matter, but physics has shown that gravity, for example, is not made of matter in the traditional sense of "'an inert, senseless substance, in which extension, figure, and motion do actually subsist'… So it is tempting to use 'physicalism' to distance oneself from what seems a historically important but no longer scientifically relevant thesis of materialism, and related to this, to emphasize a connection to physics and the physical sciences." Therefore much of the generally philosophical discussion below on materialism may be relevant to physicalism. Also related to materialism are the ideas of methodological naturalism and metaphysical naturalism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Materialism

    the theory which, denying the independent existence of spirit, resolves everything within the sphere of being into matter, or into the operation and the effect of the operation of forces latent in it, or into the negative and positive interaction of mere material forces, to the exclusion of intelligent purpose and design.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of materialism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of materialism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of materialism in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Schneider:

    As a scientist, I am not sure anymore that life can be reduced to a class struggle, to dialectical materialism, or any set of formulas. Life is spontaneous and it is unpredictable, it is magical. I think that we have struggled so hard with the tangible that we have forgotten the intangible.

  2. Bryant McGill:

    Evolve your understanding of success from the outer realm of control, materialism, and ego, to the inner realm of surrender, spirituality, and compassion.

  3. Malcolm Muggeridge:

    Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.

  4. J. Gresham Machen:

    Place the lives of children in their formative years, despite the convictions of their parents, under the intimate control of experts appointed by the state, force them to attend schools where the higher aspirations of humanity are crushed out, and where the mind is filled with the materialism of the day, and it is difficult to see how even the remnants of liberty can subsist.

  5. Javad Hashmi:

    They (akh right bros) are very anti-Western and anti-liberal, anti-modernity, anti-consumerism, materialism, is what they claim. But in reality … they are on the platforms that are the creation of all of those things.

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