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Schools of thought in Materialism

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Economic materialism. This article addresses materialism in the economic sense of the word.

Economic materialism

For information on the philosophical and scientific meanings, see materialism. Definition[edit] Consumer research typically looks at materialism in two ways. One as a collection of personality traits[1] and one as an enduring belief or value.[2] Critical realism (philosophy of the social sciences) Critical realism is a philosophical approach associated with Roy Bhaskar that combines a general philosophy of science (transcendental realism) with a philosophy of social science (critical naturalism) to describe an interface between the natural and social worlds.

Critical realism (philosophy of the social sciences)

Bhaskar developed a general philosophy of science that he described as transcendental realism, and a special philosophy of the human sciences that he called critical naturalism. The two terms were combined by other authors to form the umbrella term critical realism. Transcendental realism attempts to establish that in order for scientific investigation to take place, the object of that investigation must have real, manipulable, internal mechanisms that can be actualised to produce particular outcomes. This is what we do when we conduct experiments. This stands in contrast to empiricist scientists' claim that all scientists can do is observe the relationship between cause and effect and impose meaning.

Subjective idealism. George Berkeley is credited with the development of subjective idealism.

Subjective idealism

Subjective idealism is a fusion of phenomenalism or empiricism, which confers special status upon the immediately perceived, with idealism, which confers special status upon the mental. Idealism denies the knowability or existence of the non-mental, while phenomenalism serves to restrict the mental to the empirical. Subjective idealism thus identifies its mental reality with the world of ordinary experience, rather than appealing to the unitary world-spirit of pantheism or absolute idealism. Rational egoism. Philosophy[edit] Rational egoism is discussed by the nineteenth-century English philosopher Henry Sidgwick in The Methods of Ethics.[3] A method of ethics is "any rational procedure by which we determine what individual human beings 'ought' – or what it is 'right' for them – to do, or seek to realize by voluntary action".[4] Sidgwick considers three such procedures, namely, rational egoism, dogmatic intuitionism, and utilitarianism.

Rational egoism

Rational egoism is the view that, if rational, "an agent regards quantity of consequent pleasure and pain to himself alone important in choosing between alternatives of action; and seeks always the greatest attainable surplus of pleasure over pain".[5] Sidgwick found it difficult to find any persuasive reason for preferring rational egoism over utilitarianism. French materialism. Material feminism. Material feminism highlights capitalism and patriarchy as central in understanding women’s oppression.

Material feminism

The theory centers on social change rather than seeking transformation within the capitalist system.[1] Jennifer Wicke, defines Materialist Feminism as "a feminism that insists on examining the material conditions under which social arrangements, including those of gender hierarchy, develop... materialist feminism avoids seeing this gender hierarchy as the effect of a singular... patriarchy and instead gauges the web of social and psychic relations that make up a material, historical moment. History[edit] The term materialist feminism emerged in the late 1970s and is associated with key thinkers, such as Rosemary Hennessy, Stevi Jackson and Christine Delphy.[1] Material Feminism partly originated from the work of French feminists, particularly Christine Delphy. The Grand Domestic Revolution by Dolores Hayden is a reference. Relationship to Marxist feminism[edit] Eliminative materialism.

Eliminativists argue that modern belief in the existence of mental phenomena is analogous to the ancient belief in obsolete theories such as the geocentric model of the universe.

Eliminative materialism

Eliminativism stands in opposition to reductive materialism, which argues that a mental state is well defined, and that further research will result in a more detailed, but not different understanding.[3] An intermediate position is revisionary materialism, which will often argue that the mental state in question will prove to be somewhat reducible to physical phenomena - with some changes to the common sense concept. Historical materialism. Historical materialism is a methodological approach to the study of society, economics, and history first articulated by Karl Marx (1818–1883) as the materialist conception of history.

Historical materialism

Dialectical materialism. Dialectical materialism (sometimes abbreviated diamat) is a philosophy of science and nature, based on the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and developed largely in Russia and the Soviet Union.[1][2] It was inspired by dialectic and materialist philosophical traditions.

Dialectical materialism

The main idea of dialectical materialism lies in the concept of the evolution of the natural world and the emergence of new qualities of being at new stages of evolution. As Z. A. Cultural materialism (anthropology) Christian materialism. Christian materialism is the combination of Christian theology with the ideas of materialism, which places a high value on material things.

Christian materialism

Historical background[edit] This tendency of spiritualization, Ratzinger said, is not the message of Jesus Christ. "For what is sublime in this message," he stated, "is precisely that the Lord was talking not just about another life, not just about men’s souls, but was addressing the body, the whole man, in his embodied form, with his involvement in history and society; that he promised the kingdom of God to the man who lives bodily with other men in this history.

"[1] Josemaría Escrivá and Opus Dei[edit]