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immaterialism Syllabification: im·ma·te·ri·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌiməˈtirēəˌlizəm/

Definition of immaterialism in English:


The belief that material things have no objective existence.
Example sentences
  • There is less agreement on Berkeley's argumentative approach to idealism and immaterialism and on the role of some of his specific arguments.
  • In 1709 he issued An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision, followed in the next year by The Principles of Human Knowledge, the main exposition of his immaterialism.
  • What had touched the world's hearts was the ethereal immaterialism of their secluded world and something primal in the music they sang.


Pronunciation: /ˌi(m)məˈtirēələst/
Example sentences
  • He was an immaterialist: matter does not exist.
  • Philonous needs to convince him (as Berkeley needed to convince his readers in both books) that a commonsensical philosophy could be built on an immaterialist foundation, that no one but a skeptic or atheist would ever miss matter.
  • Rather, it's that the good arguments don't even get a hearing since they offer an immaterialist account, and immaterialist accounts can't really be knowledge.
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