On the one hand, many psychologists, especially those of the behaviourist school, tend to adopt what is essentially a materialistic
position, as a matter of method if not of metaphysics.
Buy me a package of cigarettes instead.' He was a Spencerian like you till Kreis turned him to materialistic
"You speak in purely materialistic
terms," she objected.
And another thing, women are all more materialistic
His outlook was bleak and materialistic
. The world as he saw it was a fierce and brutal world, a world without warmth, a world in which caresses and affection and the bright sweetnesses of the spirit did not exist.
The beginning of the most materialistic
age in the history of the world, when wars would be fought without patrio- tism, when men would forget God and only pay attention to moral standards, when the will to power would replace the will to serve and beauty would be well-nigh forgotten in the terrible headlong rush of mankind toward the acquiring of possessions, was telling its story to Jesse the man of God as it was to the men about him.
You will hardly demand that his confidence should have a basis in external facts; such confidence, we know, is something less coarse and materialistic
: it is a comfortable disposition leading us to expect that the wisdom of providence or the folly of our friends, the mysteries of luck or the still greater mystery of our high individual value in the universe, will bring about agreeable issues, such as are consistent with our good taste in costume, and our general preference for the best style of thing.
His early love of simplicity hardened into a rigid opposition not only to the materialistic
modern industrial system but to all change--the Reform Bill, the reform of education, and in general all progressive political and social movements.
The great man who shall save us from the shipwreck which is imminent will no doubt avail himself of individualism when he makes a nation of us once more; but until this regeneration comes, we bide our time in a materialistic
and utilitarian age.
Mysticism, with its marvellous power of making common things strange to us, and the subtle antinomianism that always seems to accompany it, moved him for a season; and for a season he inclined to the materialistic
doctrines of the Darwinismus movement in Germany, and found a curious pleasure in tracing the thoughts and passions of men to some pearly cell in the brain, or some white nerve in the body, delighting in the conception of the absolute dependence of the spirit on certain physical conditions, morbid or healthy, normal or diseased.
The whole tendency of our latest centuries, in its scientific and materialistic
aspect, is most probably accursed."
It was true that they prattled sweet little ideals and dear little moralities, but in spite of their prattle the dominant key of the life they lived was materialistic
. And they were without real morality--for instance, that which Christ had preached but which was no longer preached.