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- n. Plural form of immaterialist.
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I didn't think so (shall I accuse "immaterialists" of thinking God hurls lightning bolts at Churches?).
It would, therefore, appear quite appropriate to call Aristotle and Aquinas moderate immaterialists.
Twenty-five years since the Unitarians were of two creeds; one class materialists, the other immaterialists, but both agreeing that Christ was only an inspired 'man'.
Spinoza merged mind and matter in the one infinite substance; the materialists merged mind in matter; the immaterialists merged matter in mind; Hume denied the terms of the problem, when he reasoned away both matter and mind and left only appearances.
Whether we are materialists or immaterialists, whether things be about us or within us, whether we think the sun is a substance, or only the image of a divine thought, an idea, a thing imaginary, we are equally agreed as to the notion of its warmth.
From this brief statement of the position of the immaterialists, without arguing it, we pass to note, in the second place, that nearly all the postulates ordinarily claimed by the materialist may be granted without by any means proving the justice of their disbelief of a future life. 29 Admit that there can be no sensation without a nerve, no thought without a brain, no phenomenal manifestation without an organ.
Affirming man’s possession of an intellect that is an incorporeal power, moderate immaterialists, such as Aristotle and Aquinas, see no obstacle whatsoever to affirming the possibility of intellects superior to the human intellect, superior precisely because they are totally divorced from bodies.