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Spirituality and Dialectics

In Spirituality and Dialectics authors Anthony and Maggie Mansueto challenge the contemporary and emergent domains of thought that, in and beyond the modernist period, take a departure from the ground of rational knowledge and the transcendent principles; principles that are located in the long tradition of Western metaphysics. Many adherents to modern and postmodern thought and ethics construe their own position as a radical challenge to the long-time ascendancy of Western style metaphysics and, more specifically, grand ontological claims about God and existence. Though unpopular with some, a few critics of contemporary trends in philosophical and ethical thought have drawn a cultural and historical parallel between postmodern thought and the indeterminacy of contemporary capitalist markets. Spirituality and Dialectics contends that contemporary thought's wholesale rejection of the historic claims of dialectics and also a rational metaphysics that attempts to explain and rightly order human action-in favor of a fragmented anti-ontology-is at once a means of reinforcing the market order and, further, an attempt by bourgeoisie thinkers to hegemonize the domain of all critical thought. More specifically, this book argues that any possible critique of the market order and the market allocation of resources presupposes a substantive doctrine of the Good and that effective action on behalf of justice presupposes hope, and thus the conviction that the universe generally, and human history in particular, are ultimately meaningful. This book offers a fresh and interesting discussion of the dialectical tradition of Plato, Aristotle, Ibn Sina, Maimonides, Ibn Rusd, Hegel, and Marx. It, also, simultaneously critiques the interlocutors of metaphysics and dialectical metaphysics from the medieval Augustinians, on through to Descartes Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. Spirituality and Dialectics also engages with the philosophical rubrics of epistemology, philosophy of
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Against Philosophical Appeasement Chapter 2 From the Hermeneutical Circle to the Dialectical Spiral Chapter 3 The Mind's Road to God Must Pass Through Cosmology Chapter 4 In Defense of Metaphysics Chapter 5 The Principles of Cosmohistorical Law Chapter 6 Spirituality and Dialectics

About the Author

Anthony Mansueto teaches philosophy, religious studies, civilization studies, and honors seminars at University of New Mexico-Gallup. Maggie Mansueto is a preacher, teacher, and ligurgist. Anthony and Maggie Mansueto together lead Seeking Wisdom, a nonprofit research, education, and community action group.


This book is a major resource for those who seek renewal of hope in the human prospect. Anthony and Magie Mansueto delineate nothing less than a renewed integration of science, cosmology, theology, epistemology and social ethics to reestablish the foundation for the basic insight that the universe has ultimate meaning. Only a conviction that the pursuit of the good has its foundations in the reality of the universe itself can overcome a world founded on nihilism and the will to power and ground hopefilled action on behalf of a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. -- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont School of Theology

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