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    From the very beginning of the novel, there is a uniform struggle amongst the characters to search for meaning in their lives. The main hindrance to their own personal discoveries is materialism. Materialism prevents the characters from flying by "weigh[ing] [them] down" the way a peacock with "all th[e] jewelry" on its tail "weighs it down" (Morrison 179). The only way for the peacock to "soar" is to relieve itself of its "jewelry" much like Milkman, Hagar, and Pilate are only able to find purpose in their lives after shedding materialism (283,179). Milkman is in a constant battle with himself and what he wants to do with his life. He is not able to understand why the people around him are “all going in the direction he [is] coming…

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    Youth Attitudes in Response to Materialism that is Promoted by Mass Marketing The age group of 9 to 15, also referred to as tweens, has been highly targeted by companies as a market segment (Goldberg, Gorn, Peracchio, & Bamossy, 2003). As this shift in audience is made, it is important to recognize the psychological effects of mass marketing and consumerism on children. This paper is a summary of a study done that is an demonstration of how materialism influences youth consumer attitudes.…

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    Materialism states that nothing exists aside from matter, defined as something that occupies physical space and has mass. Materialism argues that the mind cannot exist as an immaterial object, because nothing immaterial exists, thus the “mind” is really the physical brain, and the apparent “consciousness” is just the brain undergoing physical reactions to produce mental states such as processing emotions, problem solving, and visualization, things a Dualist would categorize as the “mind”. A…

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    Epicurus’ atomism approach to life and reality is a materialistic one. In fact, Epicurus believed that only what is material is real, while all the rest is a simple product of the imagination of men. For instance, in his vision, the soul of a human being is made of atoms just like all other material things. He considered the soul the organ of perception from which sensation originates only when it works together with the rest of the human body. Furthermore, if the soul is material, when the body…

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    Dualism vs Materialism The mind/body problem, the question of what is the relationship between the mind and the body, is commonly seen as a key issue in the philosophy of the mind (Sober, 2013, p. 204). The two categories of views discussed in Sober’s ‘Core Questions in Philosophy’ that attempt to resolve the mind/body problem are dualism and materialism. Dualism is the theory that the mind and the brain are two fundamentally different substances (Sober, 2013, p. 204). Conversely, materialism…

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    Materialism In Society

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    all attempts of romance and relationships. Attraction to the materialistic things in this song succeeded in showing the glamorous side of materialism, but what if this lavish way of life is only temporary and you are left with nothing but a “penniless” feeling of unhappiness and…

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    In the excerpt Anti-Duhring called Theoretical, Friedrich Engels takes a historical materialist approach to show that the capitalist mode of production is fundamentally contradictory. From this theory, he follows a trace of social and economic conflicts that occur from this contradiction. The following essay will define historical materialism as described by Engels, as well as explaining the fundamental contradiction and the two contradictions that arise from it, and finally concluding with a…

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    As discussed, there are a number of common arguments against the eliminative materialism’s claim. In this section, I will highlight and review a number of reasonable objections to eliminativism, such as the Commonsense Objections to eliminative materialism, which suggests that it is completely absurd or self-refuting. I will conclude that many of the arguments set forth by Eliminative Materialism, are not really convincing and that eliminativism needs to do more than simply show that FP is…

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    delivers a strong point that disproves Descartes’ entire proclamation and that is the concept of neural phenomena. Scientific data has yet to disprove that all human mental phenomena are reliant upon neural phenomena stimulated by our senses. One can never observe the human minds’ functionality without also observing the human brain operating as well. Because this correlational relationship is best illustrated by materialism (physicalism) in regards to the human mind, it is evident that…

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    In fact, those who pursue wealth -- even if they do so successfully -- are generally less happy than those who do not pursue wealth. What is the cause and effect relationship between pursuing wealth and unhappiness? Interestingly, it is not materialism which causes unhappiness directly, but that unhappiness and materialism are mutually reinforcing mechanisms. He notes that people who have experienced true deprivation are those who, later in life, are the most materialistic -- for example,…

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