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
|List of Figures and Tables||Robert Ellis|
|Foreword to the Middle Way Philosophy Series||Iain McGilchrist|
|Early Buddhism||Robert Ellis|
|Systems Theory||Robert Ellis|
|Embodied Meaning||Robert Ellis|
|The Unity of Absolutizing Phenomena||Robert Ellis|
|Criteria for a Response: Practicality||Robert Ellis|
|Criteria for a Response: Universal Aspiration||Robert Ellis|
|Criteria for a Response: Judgement Focus||Robert Ellis|
|Criteria for a Response: Error Focus||Robert Ellis|
|Conclusion: Criteria for a Middle Way||Robert Ellis|
|The Old and New Middle Way Philosophy Series||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