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Word: materialism

Definition: preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regard for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)


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(Compare Idealism and responsibility assumption with Materialism; see also New Thought Movement.)
A "Spin" magazine columnist later cited "Devil's Pie" as the album's centerpiece, while also describing it as a "sweaty, head-nodding sermon against the evil seduction of hip-hop materialism."
Applied to the mind/body relation, emergent materialism is another way of describing the non-reductive physicalist conception of the mind that asserts that when matter is organized in the appropriate way (i.e., organized in the way that living human bodies are organized), mental properties emerge.
Friedrich Engels co-developed with Karl Marx a materialist analysis of history, since known as historical materialism, beginning with their joint critique of the Young Hegelians and Feuerbach in the two books "The Holy Family" (1845) and "The German Ideology" (1845 or 1846).
Historical materialism is normally considered the intellectual basis of Marxism.
In 1840 he became a member of the Phrenological Association and resigned in 1842 upon the occasion of the great split among British phrenologists when William Collins Engledue's speech before the Association announced that phrenology and materialism were the same.
In it, he addresses man’s belief in the afterlife, the corporality of the soul, and the faults of Materialism.
In the 19th century three great classical theories of social and historical change emerged: the social evolutionism theory (of which Social Darwinism forms a part), the social cycle theory and the Marxist historical materialism theory.
In the Hieronymus Bosch "Death and the Miser", the pull between spirituality and materialism is highlighted by making the deathbed a scene of conflict between the angel and demons.
Indeed, historical materialism calls into question why Marx would espouse "his" ideas so vehemently if he thought that they would have no influence.
Karl Marx rejected Comtean positivism but nevertheless aimed to establish a "science of society" based on historical materialism, becoming recognised as a founding figure of sociology posthumously.
Kovel also criticises their "fairy-tale" view of history, which refers to the abuse of "natural capital" by the materialism of the Scientific Revolution, an assumption that, in Kovel's eyes, seems to suggest that "nature had toiled to put the gift of capital into human hands", rather than capitalism being a product of social relations in human history.
Lenin's statement 'On the Significance of Militant Materialism', was worded in such a fashion that both sides of the debate would use it to support their arguments.
Lenin, in Kovel's eyes, came to oppose the nascent Bolshevik environmentalism and its champion Aleksandr Bogdanov, who was later attacked for "idealism"; Kovel describes Lenin's philosophy as "a sharply dualistic materialism, rather similar to the Cartesian separation of matter and consciousness, and perfectly tooled... to the active working over of the dead, dull matter by the human hand", which led him to want to overcome Russian backwardness through rapid industrialization.
Leon Trotsky emphasized the importance of revolution and believed that the end justifies the means: Dialectic materialism does not know dualism between means and end.
Low levels of the Honesty-Humility factor are associated with greater levels of materialism, unethical business practices and even deviant sexual behaviour.
Marx's theory of history is considered a variant of historical determinism linked to his reliance on dialectical materialism as an endogenous mechanism for social change."At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or - this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms - with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto.
Moses Hess played a role in introducing Karl Marx (who was descended from a long line of rabbis) and Friedrich Engels to historical materialism.
Popper has further argued that historical materialism is a pseudoscience because it is not falsifiable.
Pouliopoulos translated into Greek Marx's "Das Kapital" and "Critique of Political Economy", L. Trotsky’s "The Revolution Betrayed", K. Kautsky’s "Economic Theories of Karl Marx" and "Kant" as well as N. Bukharin’s "History of Historical Materialism".
Relations of production (German: "Produktionsverhältnisse") is a concept frequently used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in their theory of historical materialism, and in Das Kapital. It is first explicitly used in Marx's published book "The Poverty of Philosophy", although the concept is already defined in "The German Ideology".
Some thinkers have rejected the fundamentals of Marxist theory, such as historical materialism and the labor theory of value, and gone on to criticize capitalism - and advocate socialism - using other arguments.
The ending of the novel is ambiguous: Duddy's selfishness and ruthless materialism, which supersede his love for Yvette, are obviously negative qualities.
The field may be broadly recognised as an amalgam of three modes of social scientific thought in particular; Durkheimian sociological positivism and structural functionalism, Marxist historical materialism and conflict theory, and Weberian antipositivism and verstehen critique.
The heretical socialists who opposed Marxist materialism and revised socialism according to Nietzschean lines, outgrew socialism at last, and thus an indirect proto-Fascist legacy is not unthinkable.
The song is a sparse funk diatribe on the excess of money and materialism in hip hop, with a minor reference to Five Percenter philosophy ("85 are dumb and blind/A third of people compromise").
The Stoic system of physics was materialism with an infusion of pantheism.
The theme of materialism in hip hop music and culture is introduced in the second rendition of the chorus: Personnel.

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