Materialistic assumptions.


Senior Member
Ireland, english

I am really confused by the use of the word "materialistic" in this sentence...

Even if we accept the materialistic assumptions about human behaviour, the parallell between the "experimental" novel and the activities of the chemist or pathologist is an absurdity.

Here I really do not think it has anything to do with material wealth or goods but has a different meaning...
Could anyone please help me with this one?:)

Thank you!
  • Riverby

    Senior Member
    NZ English
    The writer is, it seems, referring to items s/he has previously discussed : (a) certain assumptions about human behaviour, and (b) a (probably far-fetched) comparison between the experimental novel and some science activities. I imagine your passage is from literary criticism, where the writing is often very difficult. You will need to understand more about (a) and (b) before you can understand the sentence.
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