Soares takes EBB's abolitionist poetry as a case study for her "immaterialist
material poetics"--a poetics that takes as significant things absent, abstracted, and unseen.
Regarding some issues, for example, whether God decreed the existence of the world from eternity or only at some time, the immaterialist
and the proponent of material substance are equally at a loss.
However, such contradictions were not confined to Wordsworth's desire to ensure the material durability of his immaterialist
The early period is dominated by Berkeley's immaterialist
philosophy, by for which he is now best known, a philosophy that was developed around 1707, then published in 1709-13.
The Augustinian close combination of divine and human elements becomes clearly readable in his, true, somewhat precarious retention of fleshly body, and thus of the material side of humanity, as part of the divine plan of salvation (O'Meara 1992:250 et al.; d'Onofrio 1994:119), which seemed certainly to flout the Neoplatonic immaterialist
imagination about the cognitive apogee of humankind.
He points out that Berkeley, who is widely understood as the prototypical idealist, is in fact an immaterialist
who never uses the term 'idealism' to designate his own position.
The paper makes a specific point: if one were to accept at face value the apparent, immaterialist
reading of Aristotle's passages on the intellective soul, one can account for this interpretation as an outcome of Aristotle's naturalism--more precisely, as an outcome of a specific solution that is supposed to save Aristotle's naturalism.
These accounts were to take the approach to human mindedness beyond standardly "immaterialist
" and "materialist" alternatives of the early modern era.
But in saying so when these thinkers refer to the origin of this interculturality in Japanese zen practices such as that of Dogen's shotrogenzo, traced particularly in Lyotard's analysis of Kant's sublime and his art-based proposal of an 'immaterialist
materialism', they forget that the very root of Zen practices is the Indian Yogic meditation (Zen=Sanskrit dhyana=meditation).
You know, esse est percipi--to be is to be perceived--as Bishop George Berkeley, the great eighteenth-century immaterialist
, might have put it.
That enables the author to avoid the pitfalls both of a simplistic "basis-superstructure" model such as prevailed in crude Marxist historiography, and of the immaterialist
claims of a radical postmodernism that treats extant documents as "texts" and not data to reconstruct material reality.
That is, what had allowed Berkeley to be 'idealistic' about the material world--his immaterialist
reduction of that world to it to a realm of subjective ideas-was his corresponding realism about the mental-in particular, his realism about the subjective mind and its contents, and, beyond this, the mind of God.