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Not essential or necessary; not important or pertinent; not decisive; of no substantial consequence; without weight; of no material significance.


adj. a commonly heard objection to introducing evidence in a trial on the ground that it had nothing substantial to do with the case or any issue in the case. It can also apply to any matter, (such as an argument or complaint) in a lawsuit which has no bearing on the issues to be decided in a trial. The public is often surprised at what is immaterial, such as references to a person's character or bad deeds in other situations. (See: irrelevant)


adjective baseless, beside the point, beeide the question, bodiless, chimerical, diminutive, expers corporis, extraneous, groundless, impertinent, inapplicable, inappreciable, inappropriate, inconsequential, incorporeal, inessential, insignificant, insubstantial, irrelevant, lightweight, meaningless, minor, nominal, nonessential, nonphysical, not connected with, not imporrant, not pertaining to, not pertinent, nullius momenti, of little account, of no consequence, of no essential conseeuence, of no importance, of no moment, of no signifiiance, off the point, off the topic, other wordly, out of place, out-of-the-way, outside the question, pointless, sine corpore, spectral, trivial, unessential, unrelated, unsubstantial, vaporous, without depth, without substance, without weight, worthless
Associated concepts: immaterial allegations, immaterial alleration, immaterial averment, immaterial breach, immaaerial facts, immaterial issues, immaterial testimony, immaterial variance, incompetent evidence, irrelevant evidence
See also: frivolous, impertinent, imponderable, inapposite, inconsequential, inconsiderable, incorporeal, insignificant, insubstantial, intangible, irrelevant, minor, negligible, nugatory, null, slight, trivial, unessential

IMMATERIAL. What is not essential; unimportant what is not requisite; what is informal; as, an immaterial averment, an immaterial issue.
     2. When a witness deposes to something immaterial, which is false, although he is guilty of perjury in foro conscientiae, he cannot be punished for perjury. 2 Russ. on Cr. 521; 1 Hawk. b. 1, c. 69, s. 8; Bac. Ab. Perjury, A.

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19) So far, indeed, is Hazlitt from a literal concurrence with Berkeley, that we find him expressly discounting the philosophy of immaterialism for its inability to stand the test of common sense ("On Locke's 'Essay on the Human Understanding'," Lectures on English Philosophy, 2:181).
What she does do is provide an illuminating catalogue of early, lesser-known responses to Berkeley's immaterialism, some of which did consider Berkeley dangerously Spinozistic.
I conclude by speculating that Berkeley had reason to believe that immaterialism was a better fit with Christianity than materialism.
Luce, uno de los criticos mas afamados en el campo de la filosofia de Berkeley, insiste en que la unica manera de entablar una semejanza entre la doctrina de Berkeley y la de Kant es "malinterpretandola" -[his] doctrine can be assimilated to Kant, Hegel or Bradley's only by being misinterpreted (Berkeley's Immaterialism 25).
In the final, deliberately experimental chapter, Bradatan compares Berkeley's denial of the existence of matter with medieval dualistic heresies, in particular Catharism, in the belief that the comparison affords a better understanding of immaterialism.
Weissman's central claim--that the collapse of immaterialism will have wide-ranging consequences we have not yet anticipated--is surely right and worthy of further consideration.
He was the author of a new theory of vision, of the celebrated 'new principle' of immaterialism, of a 'new argument' to prove the existence of God, of a bold criticism of the infinitesimal calculus, of new proposals to improve the Irish economy, and of a novel panacea--tar-water --able to cure every disease in his diocese (where there were no doctors).
1721), and then proceeds to chart the development of his more mature views, showing in particular how the development of his immaterialism during the early 1720s drove him to change his mind on the issue of space and its relationship with God.