Materialism: A Historico-Philosophical Introduction by Charles T. Wolfe

By Charles T. Wolfe

This e-book offers an outline of key good points of (philosophical) materialism, in historic standpoint. it's, hence, a examine within the background and philosophy of materialism, with a selected specialise in the early sleek and Enlightenment classes, prime into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For it used to be within the 18th century that the notice was once first utilized by a thinker (La Mettrie) to consult himself. ahead of that, ‘materialism’ was once a pejorative time period, used for depraved thinkers, as a near-synonym to ‘atheist’, ‘Spinozist’ or the pleasant ‘Hobbist’. The publication presents the various varieties of materialism, really distinct into claims concerning the fabric nature of the area and concerning the fabric nature of the brain, after which concentrate on materialist techniques to physique and embodiment, selfhood, ethics, legislation of nature, reductionism and determinism, and total, its courting to technology. For materialism is frequently understood as one of those philosophical facilitator of the sciences, and the writer are looking to recommend that isn't regularly the case. Materialism takes on diversified kinds and guises in numerous historic, ideological and clinical contexts to boot, and the writer desires to do justice to that range. Figures mentioned contain Lucretius, Hobbes, Gassendi, Spinoza, Toland, Collins, los angeles Mettrie, Diderot, d’Holbach and Priestley; Büchner, Bergson, J.J.C. shrewdpermanent and D.M. Armstrong.

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