, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 33–54 | Cite as

Inclusive infinity and radical particularity: Hegel, Hartshorne and Nishida

  • Henry Simoni-Wastila


Three writers who utilize a similar metaphysics to understand the relationship between Ultimate Reality and conventional reality are compared. The metaphysics of what I call an inclusive Infinity is the common thread employed in comparing the thought of Hegel, Hartshorne and Nishida. I contrast the concept of inclusive Infinity with that of radical particularity and argue that people are private centers of conscious awareness who cannot be encompassed within an infinity or totality. Because of the individuality and uniqueness of particulars, there can be no absolutely inclusive Infinite.


Radical Particularity Religious Tradition Ultimate Reality True Infinity Conventional Reality 


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© Springer SBM B.V. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Simoni-Wastila
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  1. 1.Boston University (Ph.D.)Unitarian Universalist Minister of FinksburgReisterstown

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