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Ascent to the Absolute

Metaphysical Papers and Lectures, 1st Edition

By J. N. Findlay


264 pages

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Originally published in 1970. This book is a collection of lectures and papers given by Professor Findlay in the 1960s. The theme is an argument for a metaphysical Absolute, in the sense of post-Hegelian Idealism. Findlay’s word for the Absolute process is ‘Enterprise’, which must be necessary in thought and reality. This ontological argument goes further that previous cosmological arguments and addresses both traditions from ancient philosophy and the modern Anglo-American school of philosophy. The book discusses the case for a Perfect Being, a Necessary Being and, in a change to Findlay’s previous published thought, presents a case for mysticism.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The Notion of an Absolute 2. The Absolute and Philosophical Problems 3. The Absolute and Rational Eschatology 4. The Teaching of Meaning 5. Some Reflections on Necessary Existence 6. Freedom and Value 7. Metaphysics and Affinity 8. Hegel’s Use of Teleology 9. The Diremptive Tendencies of Western Philosophy 10. The Logic of Mysticism 11. Essential Probabilities 12. The Logic of Ultimates 13. The Systematic Unity of Value 14. Intentional Inexistence 15. Towards a Neo-neo-Platonism

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Metaphysics

Reissuing works originally published between 1937 and 1992, this collection of original texts addresses the philosophical realm of metaphysics, not only ontology but the philosophy of science, religion and morals. The theory of values and the theory of absolutes are the subject of more than one volume, while others take a broader spectrum and outlay the history of the philosophical arguments. The nature of objects and questions of being and identity are addressed from very different perspectives. With some volumes by very eminent thinkers, this is a great addition to any collection on philosophy.

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