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Raynond Ruyer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692040

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692040.001.0001

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Theology of Finality

Theology of Finality

Chapter:
(p.223) 20 Theology of Finality
Source:
Neofinalism
Author(s):

Raymond Ruyer

Alyosha Edlebi

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692040.003.0020

This closing chapter moves from exploring finality in the world (the focus of previous chapters) to exploring finality of the world. Ruyer defines the task of metaphysics as twofold: (1) the transformation of scientific observations into a knowledge of relations and of sense; and (2) the study of the relationship between the Agent and the Ideal. In this chapter, Ruyer presents metaphysics as a form of fiction; he affirms that every metaphysics is mythical. This is because reason is not self-sufficient, but draws on a ground of the irrational. This mythical character is not a condemnation of metaphysics, but a necessity in the relation between knowledge and the frontiers of ignorance that encircle it. The book closes by invoking the possibility of a new concept of an immanent divinity as the sense of finality.

Keywords:   Finality, Metaphysics, Scientific observation, Agent, Ideal, Reason, Irrationality, Divinity

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