1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Idealism and Immaterialism

Edited By Joshua Farris, Benedikt Paul Göcke Copyright 2022
    698 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    698 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The influence of materialist ontology largely dominates philosophical and scientific discussions. However, there is a resurgent interest in alternative ontologies from panpsychism (the view that at the base of reality exists potential minds, minds, or mind-lets) to idealism and dualism (the view that all of reality is material and mental).

    The Routledge Handbook of Idealism and Immaterialism is an outstanding reference source and the first major collection of its kind. Historically grounded and constructively motivated, it covers the key topics in philosophy, science, and theology, providing students and scholars with a comprehensive introduction to idealism and immaterialism. Also addressed are post-materialism developments, with explicit attention to variations of idealism and immaterialism (the view that reality depends on a mind or a set of minds).

    Comprising 44 chapters written by an international and interdisciplinary team of contributors, the Handbook is organised into five clear parts:

    • Idealism and the history of philosophy
    • Important figures in idealism
    • Systematic assessment of idealism
    • Idealism and science
    • Idealism, physicalism, panpsychism, and substance dualism

    Essential reading for students and researchers in metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of mind, The Routledge Handbook of Idealism and Immaterialism will also be of interest to those in related discplines where idealist and immaterialist ontology impinge on history, science, and theology.

    Introduction Joshua Farris and Benedikt Paul Göcke 

    Part 1: Idealism and the History of Philosophy

    1. Eastern Philosophy and Idealism Gavin Flood

    2. Plato and the Beginnings of Christian Idealism. Metaphysics of Divine and Human Agency in Clement and Origin of Alexandria Christian Hengstermann

    3. The Metaphysical Idealism of Eastern Church Fathers Nathan A. Jacobs

    4. The Idealism of the Cambridge Platonists Douglas Hedley

    5. American Idealism David Boersema

    6. German Idealism Samuel Hughes

    7. Some Problems from British Idealism Stephen Priest

    Part 2: Important Figures in Idealism

    8. Cartesian Immaterialism David Leech

    9. Panentheism in Anne Conway Karen Felter Vaucanson

    10. A Most Subtle Matter: The (Im)materialisms of Anne Conway and Margaret Cavendish Julia Borcherding

    11. Leibnizian Idealism Craig Warmke

    12. No Induction, no Bodies? On the Relation of Two of Hume’s Skepticisms Marius Backmann

    13. Confessionalism and Causation in Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) S. Mark Hamilton and C. Layne Hancock

    14. Berkeley’s Role in Theistic Idealism Howard Robinson

    15. Idealism in Kant and Berkeley Keith Ward

    16. The Metaphysical Existence of Things in Themselves in Kant’s Transcendental Idealism Ruben Schneider

    17. Dichotomous Monism: Fichte’s Case for the Idealism of Original Duty Halla Kim

    18. Schelling and Immaterialism Jason M. Wirth

    19. Essential Features of Karl Christian Friedrich Krause’s Idealistic Panentheism Benedikt Paul Göcke

    20. How G.W.F. Hegel’s Broadly Platonic Idealism Explains Knowledge, Value, and Freedom Robert M. Wallace

    21. Josiah Royce’s Ethical Insight and the Inevitability of Moral Failure Dwayne A. Tunstall

    22. Idealism, Husserl, and Monotheism Uwe Meixner

    23. Whitehead’s Idealism on a Realistic Basis Stascha Rohmer

    24. Heidegger and Idealism Lee Braver

    25. Walter Benjamin: Salvation Through Eingedenken: On Monadic Now-Time and the Potential of the Air Ana María Rabe

    26. Pannenberg the Idealist? Theodore Whapham

    Part 3: Systematic Assessment of Idealism

    27. Cartesianizing Idealism Joshua Farris

    28. Idealism and Judaism: The Metaphysical Covenant Avital Hazony Levi

    29. Idealism and the Qur’an: God and the Others Mahdi Esfahani

    30. Philosophical Idealism and the Reformed Theological Tradition: A Preliminary Exploration William B. Evans

    31. Idealism and Christian Doctrine Thomas Schärtl

    32. Idealism and Indian Philosophy Shyam Ranganathan

    33. Cosmological Idealism Markus Gabriel

    34. Why Critical Theism Necessarily Copes with Idealism: A Plea for Panentheism Klaus Müller

    35. Law in the Living Cosmos: The ‘Ought’ at the Core of the ‘Is’ Freya Mathews

    36. Idealism and Common Sense Chad McIntosh

    Part 4: Idealism and Science

    37. Mind before Matter: The Unexpected Implications of Quantum Cosmology Stephen C. Meyer

    38. Idealism and Science: The Quantum-Theoretic and Neuroscientific Foundations of Reality Bruce L. Gordon

    39. Idealism and Science Stathis Psillos

    Part 5: Idealism, Physicalism, Panpsychism, and Substance Dualism

    40. Idealism and the Mind-Body Problem David Chalmers

    41. Does Idealism solve the Problem of Consciousness? Ralph Stefan Weir

    42. Substance Dualism and the Idealism/Physicalism Debate J. P. Moreland

    43. Why Idealism makes for a better default position than Physicalism Charles Taliaferro

    44. Incorporeality Lenn E. Goodman.



    Joshua Farris is a lecturer in philosophy and ethics at Auburn University of Montgomery, USA. He is also Director of Trinity School of Theology. Previously, he was the Chester and Margaret Paluch Professor at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, USA, and Fellow at both The Creation Project and Heythrop College, University of London, UK.

    Benedikt Paul Göcke is Professor of the philosophy of religion and philosophy of science at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. He is also a research fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and an associated member of the faculty of theology at University of Oxford, UK.