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                 introduction 

 

      In these last years of the millenium, when the Gnosticism and the religions of all kind multiply their efforts and followers, a civil spanish association, the Society of studies of philosophical materialism constitutes itself (SEFM). Such society is centered, of course, as his own name indicates, in the philosophical current denominated materialism; but this, before an exact boundary of the aims and objectives of the association, supposes a problem about the sense of this term, popularly reduced to a species of generally despised ethical pragmatism. But if the worldly philosophy is anchored in this robust meaning of materialism, the academic philosophy has not either dedicated the necessary attention to this fundamental philosophical current. It seems as if the academy, following the most vulgar idea of materialism, also accepted that the philosophy is idealistic or it is not philosophy (although also this notion of idealism, of course, has undergone all type of simplifications).

    It is necessary to say, therefore, that the paper of the SEFM, as soon as civil association, has like purpose as far as possible of feeding on philosophical content the worldly notion of materialism, and as soon as society of studies, to make a work of compilation and sifts through the great materialistic legacy. This double function, then, part of the idea that the philosophy is structured fundamentally in two great philosophical traditions, materialism and idealism, and of the explanatory power of this one first respect to second. Indeed, the SEFM is a society that considers the materialism its philosophical instrument: the power of the materialism as opposed to the idealism would reside in that capacity to feed itself on diverse materials critically processed.

  Nevertheless, all the lines that cross the materialistic tradition are not philosophically critics; for that reason, the SEFM must undertake a work of invetigación that gives account of the diverse materialistic positions, controversialally faced in spite of its common characteristics, with the purpose of presenting within the own materialism a philosophically useful selection. Of between these lines, it is to hope that the philosophy can gather of the materialism those that we considered his more important arms, and that the resulting critical rationalism of these duels can influence in nonacademic scopes.

 

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