‘Perplexity and Ultimacy: Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle’ by William Desmond

Published by State University of New York Press in 1995.

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Desmond explores perplexity regarding ultimacy—the metaphysical perplexity that precedes and exceeds scientific and commonsense curiosity. Desmond writes about the metaphysical perplexity that cannot be identified with scientific or commonsense curiosity. This perplexity is in another dimension of thought, asking questions about what precedes and exceeds the determinate intelligibilities of science and common sense. Desmond explores what this perplexity is, especially in so far as it is shadowed by the question of ultimacy.


William Desmond is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the International Program in Philosophy, in the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. Author of Being and the Between: Metaphysics and Transendence; Art and the Absolute: A Study of Hegel’s Aesthetics; Philosophy and Its Others: Ways of Being and Mind; Beyond Hegel and Dialectic: Speculation, Cult, and Comedy; and Desire, Dialectic and Otherness and the editor of Hegel and His Critics. He is a past President of the Hegel Society of America and is currently President of the Metaphysical Society of America.

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