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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44157


This book builds on the previous volume, ‘Absolutization’ by presenting the practical response of the Middle Way to overcome absolutization. The Middle Way is not a compromise, but a navigation between opposing absolutes that is neither absolutist nor relativist. The five principles of scepticism, provisionality, incrementality, agnosticism, and integration are outlined. All of the five principles follow the four criteria for a response to absolutization found in the later part of ‘Absolutization’ – practicality, universal aspiration, judgement focus and error focus – but they offer a more practical focus.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'