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The Routledge Handbook of Idealism and Immaterialism

Edited by: Joshua Farris , Benedikt Paul Göcke

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138502819
eBook ISBN: 9781003202851
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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.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introducing idealism and immaterialism Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Eastern philosophy and idealism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Plato and the beginnings of Christian idealism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The metaphysical idealism of the Eastern Church fathers Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The idealism of the Cambridge Platonists Download PDF
Chapter  6:  American idealism Download PDF
Chapter  7:  German Idealism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Some Problems from British Idealism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Cartesian immaterialism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Panentheism in Anne Conway Download PDF
Chapter  11:  A most subtle matter Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Leibnizian idealism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  No induction, no bodies? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Confessionalism and causation in Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Berkeley's role in theistic idealism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Idealism in Kant and Berkeley Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The metaphysical existence of things in themselves in Kant's transcendental idealism Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Dichotomous monism Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Schelling and immaterialism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Essential features of Karl Christian Friedrich Krause's idealistic panentheism Download PDF
Chapter  21:  How G.W.F. Hegel's broadly Platonic idealism explains knowledge, value, and freedom Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Josiah Royce's ethical insight and the inevitability of moral failure  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Idealism, Husserl, and monotheism Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Whitehead's idealism on a realistic basis Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Heidegger and idealism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Walter Benjamin: salvation through Eingedenken  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Pannenberg the idealist? Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Cartesianizing idealism Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Idealism and Judaism Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Idealism and the Qur'an Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Philosophical idealism and the Reformed theological tradition Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Idealism and Christian doctrine Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Idealism and Indian philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Cosmological idealism Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Why critical theism cannot do without idealism Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Law in the living cosmos Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Idealism and common sense Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Mind before matter Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Idealism and science Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Idealism and science Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Idealism and the mind-body problem  Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Does idealism solve the problem of consciousness? Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Substance dualism and the idealism/physicalism debate Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Why idealism makes for a better default position than physicalism Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Incorporeality Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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