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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

(p.223) 20 Theology of Finality

Raymond Ruyer

Alyosha Edlebi

University of Minnesota Press

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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