More Than Matter? by Keith Ward
Mark Vernon asks what the matter is with Keith Ward.
The notion that all that exists is material stuff is pervasive these days. From this idea follow various beliefs, not least that human beings are merely a product of genetic copying mistakes and enjoy no more free will than a rock. But it’s an aberrant view when set against what most philosophers in history have held. They were mostly not materialists, but idealists.
Idealism is the theory that the type of things that exist are fundamentally mind-like in nature, such as the mental entities experienced as thoughts, feelings, etc.