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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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However, not all libertarians are dualists or immaterialists. See, for example, Kane ("Pathways").
Those who did call themselves "idealists", in particular Kant and the post-Kantian idealists such as Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, were clearly not "immaterialists" of a Berkeleian stamp.
Idealists or immaterialists are those who belong in the school of idealism and they maintain that ideal or immaterial is the real and by this they mean mind, idea, reason, spirit, soul or form.
(13) Alexander holds a middle position with respect to the current debate between the materialists and immaterialists concerning Aristotle's theory of perception.
Flanagan is not out to convert immaterialists. Rather his book is directed towards other materialists, notably the Churchlands who sometimes seem to suggest that consciousness is to be eliminated in mature neuroscience, C.