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What do dogma, repression, and conflict have in common? They all result from human judgement blocked from wider understanding by a false assumption of completeness. This book puts forward a theory of absolutization, bringing together a multidisciplinary understanding of this central flaw in human judgement, and what we can do about it. This approach, drawing on Buddhist thought and practice, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, embodied meaning, and systems theory, offers a rigorous introduction to absolutization as the central problem addressed in Middle Way Philosophy, which is a synthetic approach developed by the author over more than twenty years in a series of books. It challenges disciplinary boundaries as well as offering a substantial framework for practical application.

Published: Oct 7, 2022


Section Chapter Authors
List of Figures and Tables Robert Ellis
Foreword to the Middle Way Philosophy Series Iain McGilchrist
Preface Robert Ellis
Acknowledgements Robert Ellis
Introduction Robert Ellis
Chapter 1
Early Buddhism Robert Ellis
Chapter 2
Systems Theory Robert Ellis
Chapter 3
Embodied Meaning Robert Ellis
Chapter 4
Philosophy Robert Ellis
Chapter 5
Psychology Robert Ellis
Chapter 6
The Unity of Absolutizing Phenomena Robert Ellis
Chapter 7
Criteria for a Response: Practicality Robert Ellis
Chapter 8
Criteria for a Response: Universal Aspiration Robert Ellis
Chapter 9
Criteria for a Response: Judgement Focus Robert Ellis
Chapter 10
Criteria for a Response: Error Focus Robert Ellis
Conclusion: Criteria for a Middle Way Robert Ellis
End Matter
Appendix Robert Ellis
The Old and New Middle Way Philosophy Series Robert Ellis
Bibliography Robert Ellis
Index Robert Ellis


This is an important, original work, that should get the widest possible hearing.
Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary, fellow of All Soul’s College, Oxford and a former psychiatrist

In the time of culture wars and polarization of beliefs, philosopher Robert M. Ellis aims to bridge different philosophical, systems thinking, and psychological approaches through the Middle Way. One of the key steps in this direction is to recognize the extremes, and Absolutization does exactly that, providing an interdisciplinary tour de force review of processes that may underlie different types of absolute, and outlining possible ways to avoid them.
Igor Grossmann, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Wisdom and Culture Laboratory, University of Waterloo, Canada