material mode

material mode

n
(Philosophy) philosophy the normal use of language that refers to extra-linguistic subjects without explicit mention of the words themselves. Fido is a dog is in the material mode, while "Fido" is a dog's name is in the formal mode. See also use18
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Objective modalities in the material mode are represented by logical and mathematical modalities in the formal mode" (p.
Brummett thus concludes that "to understand how Europeans knew the Ottomans in the sixteenth century, these parallel tracks must be joined: retaining the imperial frames and the significance of war, but becoming attuned to the rhetorical and material modes by which imperial zones were used, ignored, breached and traversed" (92).
The novel displayed several characteristics--an obsession with the primacy and uniqueness of individual experience, a focus on the imperatives of individual choice, a drift toward secural and material modes of success--that made it a near perfect literary expression of the new marketplace.

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