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Absolute, the

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-N001-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The expression ‘the Absolute’ stands for that (supposed) unconditioned reality which is either the spiritual ground of all being or the whole of things considered as a spiritual unity. This use derives especially from F.W.J. Schelling and G.W.F. Hegel, prefigured by J.G. Fichte’s talk of an absolute self which lives its life through all finite persons. In English-language philosophy it is associated with the monistic idealism of such thinkers as F.H. Bradley and Josiah Royce, the first distinguishing the Absolute from God, the second identifying them.

Citing this article:
Sprigge, T.L.S.. Absolute, the, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-N001-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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