A Theory of the Absolute

2015.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Benedikt Paul Göcke, A Theory of the Absolute, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 239pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137412812. Reviewed
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2015.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Benedikt Paul Göcke, A Theory of the Absolute, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 239pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137412812. Reviewed by Francis Coolidge, Jr., Loyola University New Orleans I. This book has two chief aims. First, it seeks to demonstrate that physicalism (the thesis that only physical entities exist) is not a tenable metaphysics. Second, it wants to show that an adequate metaphysics entails the existence of the Absolute. The two aims converge as Benedikt Göcke argues both that physicalism fails to account for subjectivity and that a sufficient account of both the physical and the subjective (what he terms the soul) entails a metaphysical ground of both domains. Göcke takes the physical, the soul, and the ground of these two domains to be the three fundamental terms constituting empirical reality. Since he maintains that the totality of empirical reality is itself contingent rather than necessary, he. . .

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