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The Routledge Handbook of Idealism and Immaterialism

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Book Description

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 is 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 forty-four 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.

Table of Contents

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. Cambridge Platonism 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 Scepticisms 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 S. 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.


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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 and Fellow at both The Creation Project and Heythrop College, University of London.

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.