The property immaterial ( Latin immaterialis ' non- material', 'incorporeal', 'spiritual') has different meanings depending on the subject.
- Philosophy : Here one understands (e.g. in Neuthomism ) by immaterial what does not materially exist. In addition to the soul or spirit, this also includes supernatural spiritual beings (e.g. God , angels , world spirit , world reason ). Ideas in the sense of Platonic philosophy ( Platonism ) or the absolute idea in Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel also fall into the philosophical category.
- Natural science : immaterial describes what is not material and is also not spiritual (e.g. energy , gravity , information ).
- In jurisprudence it is assumed that there can be rights to intellectual property as well as to things . However, the definition of property for intellectual property is not always uniform and clear. Intellectual property rights are z. B. copyright and patent law .
- Traducianism : Here the soul is viewed as immaterial, this comes from the Bishop Gregory of Nyssa and the Doctor of the Church Augustine.
- In materialistic dialectics , immaterial is the opposite of material, i.e. what exists independently and outside of consciousness .
- In business , intangible assets are non-physical assets.