The Origins of Materialism: The Evolution of the Scientific View of the World


The Origins of Materialism: The Evolution of the Scientific View of the World

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The 2,500-year battle between exponents of materialism and idealism is rooted not in philosophy but in a far deeper conflict in society - between the established order and social classes that seek to overthrow it.

Materialism arose in combat against idealism - the rationalized reconstruction of religious views that transformed mythology into an ideological tool of aristocratic rule.

Tracing the history of materialism to its origin in the bustling maritime cities of ancient Greece, George Novack explains how it emerged as the distinctive outlook of merchants, manufacturers, shipowners, artisans, miners, and maritime workers - the historically new and dynamic forces in the Greek city-states born of and sustained by far-flung ventures in trade, industry and banking. And he tells why scientific materialism remains today a bulwark against obscurantism and reaction of all kinds.

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Author Novack, George
Binding Paperback
No. of Pages 292
Publisher Pathfinder
Date of Publication 2010
ISBN 9780873480222

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