Ascent to the Absolute Metaphysical Papers and Lectures
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.
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