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A metaphysical doctrine denying the existence of matter.

im′ma·te′ri·al·ist adj. & n.


1. (Philosophy) the doctrine that the material world exists only in the mind
2. (Philosophy) the doctrine that only immaterial substances or spiritual beings exist. See also idealism3
ˌimmaˈterialist n


(ˌɪm əˈtɪər i əˌlɪz əm)

a doctrine that there is no material world, but that all things exist only in and for the mind.


the belief that material things have no objective existence but exist only as mental perceptions. — immaterialist, n.immaterial, adj.
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Among their topics are the theological orthodoxy of Berkeley's immaterialism, idealist panentheism: reflections on Edward's account of the God-world relation, the corruption of the body: a theological argument for metaphysical idealism, idealism and resurrection, and idealism and participating in the body of Christ.
Revealing the Fordist substratum that continues to operate (albeit in a displaced and generally invisible way) in our post-Fordist moment, Breu posits a continuity in the twentieth century's economic development and cultural output that he thinks postmodern metafiction and late-capital immaterialism all too frequently ignore.
Johnson's basic misunderstanding of Berkeley's immaterialism.
But pragmatism is never defined by Professor Case; those among us committed to the idealist interpretation of the New England author may yet find in Thoreau's Kalender grounds for an idealist interpretation of the author's nature study along the lines given by George Berkeley's immaterialism, where perceived reality must always be reported as mind-dependent.
4) For Deleuze, "the materialism of philosophy is compromised only when the immaterial is harnessed to the transcendent: without resort to the transcendent, immaterialism and materialism can be kept on the same plane--immanence--and made to interact productively" (Surin 161).
However, like Samuel Johnson's famous refutation of Berkeley's immaterialism, "striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, 'I refute it thus.
In spite of God's incomprehensibility and of sharp immaterialism Eriugena is keen on keeping an "aesthetical" touch with reality which, as it were, preconditions any possible approach to the God and is in fact determined to ground the infinite search for the divine (Mooney 2009:208 et al.