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  Marxist / Materialist Feminism
Materialist Feminism is a "way of reading" that rejects the dominant pluralist paradigms and logics of contingency and seeks to establish the connections between the discursively constructed differentiated subjectivities that have replaced the generic "woman" in feminist theorizing, and the hierarchies of inequality that exploit and oppress women.
Materialist Feminism, as a reading practice, is also a way of explaining or re-writing and making sense of the world and, as such, influences reality through the knowledges it produces about the subject and her social context.
The authors differentiate materialist feminism from marxist feminism by indicating that it is the end result of several discourses (historical materialism, marxist and radical feminism, and postmodern and psychoanalytic theories of meaning and subjectivity) among which the postmodern input, in their view, is the source of its defining characteristics.
www.cddc.vt.edu /feminism/mar.html   (3132 words)

 Marxist Feminism/Materialist Feminism
Given the conflicting views that co-exist under the materialist cover, I will argue for clear break between Materialist and Marxist Feminisms, and for a return to the latter necessitated by the devastating effects of capitalism on women and, consequently, the political importance of a theoretically adequate analysis of the causes of their plight.
Rosemary Hennessy (1993) traces the origins of Materialist Feminism in the work of British and French feminists who preferred the term materialist feminism to Marxist feminism because, in their view, Marxism had to be transformed to be able to explain the sexual division of labour.
However, in the introduction to Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference and Women's Lives, written with her co-editor, Chrys Ingraham, there is a clear, unambiguous return to historical materialism, a recognition of its irreplaceable importance for feminist theory and politics.
www.colorado.edu /Sociology/gimenez/work/rphil.html   (4852 words)

 Feminist Theory and Criticism: 4. Materialist Feminisms
Although feminists and socialists have engaged in continuous conversations since the nineteenth century, those crosscurrents within literary theory that might be designated "materialist feminisms" have their origins in the late 1960s with various attempts to synthesize feminist politics with Marxist analyses.
Materialist feminist literary critics focus instead on key problems in language, history, ideology, determination, subjectivity, and agency from the basic perspective of a critique of the gendered character of class and race relations under international capitalism.
Materialist feminist critics in the United Kingdom and the United States have contributed significantly to Film Theory, semiotics, and the study of popular culture, though work in these fields has often developed independently of socialist politics and outside of traditional Marxist analytical categories.
www.press.jhu.edu /books/hopkins_guide_to_literary_theory/feminist_theory_and_criticism-_4.html   (2373 words)

 Phenomenal Concepts and the Materialist Constraint
There are also materialists who reject the challenge of explaining the gap not because they believe it can be closed, but because they think that phenomenal properties are not genuine properties, and therefore there is really nothing to explain.
For instance, suppose a materialist argued that she could explain why there should be an explanatory gap even though phenomenal properties were constituted by physical-functional properties by appeal to some basic mental relation like acquaintance that held between subjects of experience and their brain states.
So the task for the materialist is to give an account of phenomenal concepts that explains both how they come to represent physical-functional properties and why their employment blocks explanations expressed with physical concepts.
www.phil.canterbury.ac.nz /apriori/number2/levineArticle1.htm   (14046 words)

 Beyond Creation vs. Evolution: Taking the Full Measure of the Materialist Challenge
I find it especially interesting the great lengths to which materialists go to assert the insignificance of man. With the psalmist they have asked, "What is man?", but in seeking an answer they have not ascended to the heavens but have probed the mysteries of life only under the sun.
I suspect that a broad-based pressing of these and other such issues on the followers of the materialist worldview would elicit large quantities of silence, a condition, by the way, for which we are commanded to labor in our efforts on behalf of the truth of God.
The materialist apologetic is vulnerable, in the third place, when it can be shown that much of what it requires to make sense out of its own viewpoints derives ultimately from the teaching of Scripture and thus tends to support the Biblical perspective more than its own.
www.crta.org /webfiles/antithesis/v1n6/ant_v1n6_creation.html   (3995 words)

 Historical materialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Historical materialism (or what Marx himself called "the materialist conception of history" - materialistischen Geschichtsauffassung) is a social theory and an approach to the study of history and sociology, normally considered as the intellectual basis of Marxism.
To their great annoyance, the materialist outlook was used as an excuse for not studying history.
In the early 21st century, the main attacks on the materialist interpretation of history come from theorists of sociobiology, creationism and intelligent design.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Historical_materialism   (3921 words)

 American Anthropologies, Part I (or, How the Materialist Spent Her Summer Vacation) from 'The Materialist Blog' by ...
Unlike the Materialist's colleagues (or their children, for that matter), who spent their summers in Cairo or London or the south of France, the Materialist spent hers on the road, which was, admittedly, a slight improvement over where she spent the winters and falls of her developmental years, namely, eastern Texas.
Seven hours later, Rupert and the Materialist arrived at his aunt's house--the Materialist was sent downstairs to a frosty, damp cellar room called the Arctic Room, whose walls were covered with pictures of loons, and Rupert was sent across the lawn to a little guesthouse called the Solo Hut.
The Materialist instantly liked Rupert's aunt, who reminded her of her favorite high school teachers, the kind who would patiently listen to you drone on interminably about your FEELINGS but would also try to alert you to a world outside the one dominated by your own self-absorption and hormones.
www.concierge.com /cntraveler/blogs/materialist/2007/08/american-anthro.html   (1271 words)

 The American Enterprise: The Materialist Superstition   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Desperate to reassemble the shattered grail of faith, the public clutched at a new pagan polytheism: Materialist intellectuals widely worshipped the god of the machine, artists reveled in the god of the senses, and churches retreated to a pre-industrial vision of an ecological Eden.
The materialist superstition succumbs to an increasing recognition that the means of production in capitalism are not chiefly land, labor, and machines—things present in all economic systems—but emancipated human intelligence.
The usual materialist assumption is that the brain—the hardware—comes first and mind somehow emerges from it.
www.taemag.com /issues/articleID.17078/article_detail.asp   (3364 words)

Empedocles was not a thorough-going Materialist, although be regarded the four elements with love and hatred as the formative principles of the universe, and refused to recognize a spiritual Creator of the world.
Among the materialistic philosophers of this time, Ueberweg (1826-71), author of the well-known "History of Philosophy", deserves mention; it is noteworthy that he at first supported the Aristotelean teleology, but later fell away into materialistic mechanism.
Entirely materialistic also is the widely accepted physiological explanation of psychical activities, especially of the feelings, such as fear, anger etc. This is defended (e.g.) by Uexküll, whom we have already referred to as a vigorous opponent of Materialism.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/10041b.htm   (5900 words)

 Paradigm Shifts and Aeonics
Aether in materialistic descriptions is information which structures matter and which all matter is capable of emitting and receiving.
Worse still perhaps, the materialist self must regard itself as a phenomenon of only temporary duration in contradiction of the subjective expectation of continuity of consciousness.
From the standpoint of the transcendental self the materialist self has become prey to pride of intellect, the demon hubris, whilst the magical view of self is considered to be entirely demonic.
deoxy.org /parashft.htm   (1788 words)

 Materialist Apologetics
In that view, what I call materialist apologetics, which is in essence an extension of the TANG, is an atheistic stance on Christian presuppositional apologetics.
Materialist apologetics is based on the contradiction between the necessity of various features of human understanding, with the contingency that arises from divine causation, making atheism the sole reasonable alternative.
Theologians already claim that divine causation is the only means we have to explain the necessity of some or all X. Therefore, all the atheist has to do to prove materialist argument is to repeat the facts of the matter as the theologian himself accepts them, but with the addition of (3).
www.strongatheism.net /library/atheology/materialist_apologetics   (2362 words)

 Materialist Conception of History
This observation is intended especially for those who applying a learned ignorance, when they are not humbugs, charlatans, or amiable dilletanti, give to the doctrine of critical communism precursors, patrons, allies and masters of every class without any respect for common sense and the most vulgar chronology.
Or, again they try to bring back our materialistic conception of history into the theory of universal evolution which to the minds of many is but a new metaphor of a new metaphysics.
Both men were in touch with the revolutionists of the different countries of Europe, notably France, Belgium and England; their Manifesto was not the expression of their personal theory, but the doctrine of a party whose spirit, aim and activity already formed the International Workingmen's Association.
www.ecn.bris.ac.uk /het/marx/labriola.htm   (14770 words)

 Selwyn R. Cudjoe - A Materialist Reading
In some ways, Cudjoe's evaluation of Naipaul turns out to be fairly predictable; the statement towards the end of his book that "Naipaul has clearly aligned himself and his writing on the side of the dominant class" (226) is precisely the type of conclusion that we expect Cudjoe to reach.
By calling his method "materialist," Cudjoe automatically invokes a number of assumptions about the type of study he will be conducting.
As a materialist, Cudjoe assumes a direct correspondence between Naipaul's psyche and Naipaul's writing, so that, like an analyst analyzing a patient's dream, Cudjoe uses the texts to diagnose the neuroses and psychoses which plague Naipaul.
www.trinicenter.com /Cudjoe/2001/Oct/302001.htm   (1512 words)

  Subalterity and Feminism in the Moment of the (Post)modern: The Materialist Re-Turn
To pose the problem of the subaltern in the terms, “can she speak?” is simply to reify the project of giving a voice to the Other as the primary political agenda and to mistake a discursive empowerment for a social and economic enablement.
In sum, materialist critique disrupts that which represents itself as what is, as natural, as inevitable, as the way things are, and exposes the way “what is” is historically and socially produced out of social contradictions and how it supports inequality.
And like her he has educated himself and others into the struggle through critique, for it is in the context of discussing her relation to ladinos, in general, and this ladino companero, in particular, that Menchu stresses the “lengthy discussions” and “times for criticism and self-criticism” (166).
www.etext.org /Politics/AlternativeOrange/3/v3n3_sfmp.html   (6846 words)

 Materialism in the West - Part I
The Qur'an also takes this view of the materialists, and according to it they are, at best, beset with a number of doubts and conjectures, but in practice they flaunt them as knowledge and conviction.
Materialists can be found in all classes, and likewise there are theistic, spiritual and metaphysical inclinations in all classes and sections, especially among the learned.
At times one sees two mathematicians, one of whom believes in God and religion while the other is a materialist, or for that matter two physicists, two biologists, or two astronomers, one with a materialist and the other with a theistic bent of mind.
www.al-islam.org /al-tawhid/1-west.htm   (6305 words)

 - Complete Materialist -
I will gladly entertain arguments to the contrary, but, frankly, I do not know what case an alleged deity could make that would convince me that it was anything other than a 100 percent supernatural-free purveyor of an advanced technology.
Since Complete Materialist is a new blog and I don't have an established readership, I'd like to get some idea of who's reading, what interests them, fires 'em up and makes them tick.
Then, when my choice of blog topics is up in the air, I'll let my reader's interests tip the scales in favor of one to their liking.
completematerialist.blogspot.com   (2019 words)

 Ad for MatFem   (Site not responding. Last check: )
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Materialist feminist work is distinguished by the claim that the critical perspective of historical materialism is historically necessary and empowering for feminism's oppositional political project.
Materialist feminism calls for a consideration of the ways class, divisions of labor, state power, as well as gendered, racial, national and sexual subjectivities, bodies, and knowledges are all crucial to local and global social production.
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 How to Sink a Battleship: A call to separate materialist philosophy
We are observing that the materialists have to rely on distortion and appeals to prejudice to defend their position.
To materialists, rationality starts with the realization that in the beginning were the particles, and that mind itself is a product of matter.
This is what has to be brought into evolutionary science; it's an understanding of the obligation of science to separate materialist philosophy from scientific investigation, to maintain that separation and be honest about it, and not to mislead the public about what has been demonstrated and what hasn't.
www.leaderu.com /real/ri9602/johnson.html   (3218 words)

 The curtain of materialist society's illusion, and modern perception's limitations
It's as if a large curtain comprising materialist society is in front of us: so large and so close that even the most conscious of us do not notice its massive presence.
The awareness we can muster while in front of the curtain is inadequate to see how pervasive and false the illusion is. Perhaps the curtain not only envelopes us but is us—our modern-made selves.
Materialist culture put up a curtain between itself and the Garden of Eden.
www.culturechange.org /e-letter-39.html   (1869 words)

 20th WCP: Schellingianism & Postmodernity: Towards a Materialist Naturphilosophie
Named by turns das Regellose (the unruly), evil, the basis, the primal chaos or ataxia of forces, this "irreducible remainder that cannot be resolved into reason" (1989: 34), this point marks the synthesis between mind and nature as antinomy (to be resolved, in concert with Kant, through the practical effort of will) and rulelessness, respectively.
To take the materialist route cannot therefore be a metaphysical error, but can only be a practical one, an error which Schelling calls the "exalt[ation] of the basis over the cause" (1989: 41).
But the price of maintaining what, for ease of exposition if too swiftly to be remotely accurate, we may call the Idealist route, is the perpetuation of the unresolvably antimonic chiasmus between nature and mind in unconsciousness.
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/Cult/CultGran.htm   (2306 words)

 The ABC of Materialist Dialectics
We call our dialectic, materialist, since its roots are neither in heaven nor in the depths of our 'free will', but in objective reality, in nature.
Marx, who in distinction from Darwin was a conscious dialectician, discovered a basis for the scientific classification of human societies in the development of their productive forces and the structure of the relations of ownership which constitute the anatomy of society.
The struggle against materialist dialectics on the contrary expresses a distant past, conservatism of the petty bourgeoisie, the self-conceit of university routinists and...
www.marxist.com /Theory/ABC.html   (1434 words)

 Jhally   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There is little doubt that at times Innis overstates the case for a communications perspective on history, but the general framework that can be extracted from his gallop through history provides a rich field of possibilities for the proper integration of a communication approach within a materialist theory of history.
In summary then, an adequate, materialist theory of history from a communications perspective, would see the wider mode of production incorporate the mode of communication into itself.
However, there is evidence that one of the 'inventors' of the materialist theory of history was very conscious of the role that communication can play in historical transition.
wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au /ReadingRoom/7.1/Jhally.html   (7119 words)

 The ultimate guidebook from 'The Materialist Blog' by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
Long ago, the Materialist worked at a magazine with a very talented and kind creative director who used to let her come into his office after hours and rifle through his collection of art books.
The volume, which is updated once every few years or so, is sent to the firm's friends and clients, and is filled with wonderful discoveries, lively, intimate writing, and (for design junkies, anyway) a thrilling peek into how the creative half lives and travels.
This is why for years, the Materialist has been toting around curling Xeroxes she made from her friend's book, finding her way to $300 tempura joints in Tokyo and obscure slipper souks in Marrakech.
www.concierge.com /cntraveler/blogs/materialist/2006/11/long_ago_the_ma.html   (642 words)

 Marxist page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A historical materialist feminism operates on the theory that gender, race, and other possible sites of subordination or oppression "are, in fact, related to each other, at a higher level of generality, as part of a historical and social totality" (85).
Gender, sexuality, etc. are constructed within the relations of production-- separating gender from class, for example, serves only to fragment the social, to 'mask' the metanarrative or "knowledge of social totality" (87).
For historical materialists, then, capitalism replaces patriarchy as the source of oppressive power and hierarchal domination.
www.louisville.edu /a-s/english/babo/lee/marxistpage.html   (216 words)

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