‘We’re not a product’: The world of dialectical materialist thinking
AUSTRALIA’S dialectical approach to materialism may be in the vanguard of a new era of materialism, one in which materialist ideas and practices can be applied in an increasingly globalised world.
The word “materialist” is a catch-all term for those who hold that material things are not merely the physical, but that they also contain an inner meaning, and that we can use our knowledge of them to help us understand the world and our place in it.
For example, some dialectical thinkers hold that the “material world” of the materialist thinkers of the Enlightenment, such as Descartes, is an illusionary “space” that can be understood only through abstract reasoning and “the science of cognition”.
The materialist approach to understanding the world is often seen as “anti-scientific”, as though it treats everything as either a material object or a non-material thing.
Materialist thinkers, on the other hand, argue that the material world is not simply a matter of what we think, or feel, or perceive.
For materialist materialism to be true, material objects and phenomena must be conceptualised as something else, and this something else must be given a material meaning.
And that meaning must be understood through an understanding of the object’s function, which can be viewed in a material way.
Materialism, as this new approach to thought is called, is “an epistemological approach to the material universe”.
It sees our world in terms of the way we make sense of it.
The world as we know it is based on an understanding that we make of things by means of our senses, ideas and our understanding of language.
And we are able to use that understanding to understand our world, as well as the world around us.
Materialists also consider our senses and ideas to be “intelligible and intelligible only to us”.
But the materialists’ view is that the world we know is not merely what we see, but rather what we know to be intelligible to us, and to be comprehensible to other people.
Materialistic thinkers also argue that knowledge and understanding are not simply “real” concepts, but instead “entanglements” of a person’s consciousness.
That is, they believe that our understanding is not an external, external concept but rather an internal one, based on our own knowledge of the world.
A person’s knowledge and the understanding it generates, they argue, are fundamentally linked.
Materialistically speaking, materialism is not a philosophical theory.
It is a way of thinking about the world, a way to make sense out of it, and it is in fact quite common to the scientific, mathematical and logical world-view that materialism takes on a philosophical basis.
But it is also true that materialists have a lot to say about the meaning of things, and how they can be used to make the world more useful and better.
It has also long been accepted by philosophers that materialist thought is not compatible with the philosophy of science, and is instead a way for a particular kind of person to take on a particular political position.
There are also philosophical and scientific discussions of dialectics.
Philosophers have often been criticised for their “ideological” approach to philosophy, and for failing to see the importance of understanding the material aspects of our world.
One common criticism is that materialistic philosophy is not “objective” and that materialisms are “philosophical” when they treat things in terms that are abstract.
But materialist philosophical thought does not claim that everything in the world should be made of material things.
Rather, materialist philosophers consider that there are other things in the material realm that are not material.
They argue that we should not only use knowledge of these other things, but also the ways in which we use them, and the ways they are used.
So materialist philosophy does not deny that there is materiality in the things we use and understand, but it does not reject the material.
The “material” nature of things does not necessarily mean that we are ignorant of their material nature, for example, that things such as diamonds are not made of diamond.
A materialist can see how they might be of use to us by seeing how they function, for instance, as a building material.
And, if the diamond we are using is not made out of diamonds, but is made out out of other materials, then materialist understanding of diamonds will help us make sense to ourselves of the diamond’s function.
The material world also allows materialists to see how our concepts of “good” and “bad” are related to the use of those terms in our everyday lives.
And when we do understand the terms, we can make sense about the ways we use those terms to understand the material as a whole.
For some materialists, the material is not just a matter or form