Perplexity and Ultimacy: Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle

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SUNY Press, Aug 17, 1995 - Philosophy - 263 pages
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Desmond writes about the metaphysical perplexity that cannot be identified with scientific or commonsense curiosity. This perplexity is in another dimension of thought, asking questions about what precedes and exceeds the determinate intelligibilities of science and common sense. Desmond explores what this perplexity is, especially in so far as it is shadowed by the question of ultimacy.
 

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Contents

Being Between By Way of Introduction
1
Being at a Loss On Philosophy and the Tragic
27
The Idiocy of Being
55
Agapeic Mind
103
Perplexity and Ultimacy
167
Agapeic Being
199
Index
259
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William Desmond is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the International Program in Philosophy, in the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. He is the author of Being and the Between: Metaphysics and Transendence; Art and the Absolute: A Study of Hegel s Aesthetics; Philosophy and Its Others: Ways of Being and Mind; Beyond Hegel and Dialectic: Speculation, Cult, and Comedy (all published by SUNY Press); and Desire, Dialectic and Otherness. He is the editor of Hegel and His Critics, also published by SUNY Press. He is a past President of the Hegel Society of America and is currently President of the Metaphysical Society of America. He is general editor of the SUNY series in Hegelian Studies.

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