William Desmond’s Philosophy between Metaphysics, Religion, Ethics, and Aesthetics

Thinking Metaxologically

  • Dennis Vanden Auweele

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Dennis Vanden Auweele
    Pages 1-12
  3. Being, Knowing and Intimacy

  4. Absolute Being and Talking God

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Brendan Thomas Sammon
      Pages 95-111
    3. Patrick Ryan Cooper
      Pages 129-148
  5. Autonomy, Porosity, and Goodness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Cyril O’Regan
      Pages 151-176
    3. Dennis Vanden Auweele
      Pages 195-207
  6. On Wholeness, Hegel and Pan(en)theism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Josephien van Kessel
      Pages 243-256
    3. Philip A. Gottschalk
      Pages 257-267
  7. Creation, Embodied Being and Beauty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Richard Kearney
      Pages 271-284
    3. William Desmond
      Pages 317-336
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 337-343

About this book


This volume collects seventeen new essays by well-established and junior scholars on the philosophical relevance of metaxological philosophy and its main proponent, William Desmond. The volume mines metaxological thought for its salience in contemporary discussions in Continental philosophy, specifically in the fields of metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, and aesthetics. Among others, topics under discussion include the goodness of being, the existence and nature of God, and the aesthetic dimensions of human becoming. Interest in metaxological philosophy has been on the rise in recent years, and this volume provides both a practical introduction and thorough engagements with it by experts in the field. The volume concludes with a series of responses by William Desmond on the issues raised by the contributors.


William Desmond metaxology metaphysics aesthetics ethics philosophical theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Dennis Vanden Auweele
    • 1
  1. 1.KU Leuven (University of Leuven)LeuvenBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98991-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98992-1
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