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Notes:
Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #60, Bosch Bahá'í School, California (May 26-29, 2005).

See also Baha'i Ontology Part One: An Initial Reconnaissance.

Mirrored with permission from irfancolloquia.org/60/kluge_ontology.


Bahá'í Ontology, Part Two:
Further Explorations

by Ian Kluge

published in Lights of Irfan, Volume 7, pages 163-200
Wilmette, IL: Irfan Colloquia, 2006
Abstract:

In this paper/presentation, we shall continue our exploration of Bahá'í ontology that we began in "Bahá'í Ontology: An Initial Reconnaissance." We shall examine, among other things, issues related to becoming and change; substance, soul, self and identity; the nature of being and nothingness; time; the one and the many; the nature of 'things'; what makes something 'real'; social ontology and dialectic; and the order of knowledge and the order of being. On some of these issues we shall draw comparisons with other systems of thought such as are found in Buddhism and the works of Hegel.
Contents:

Introduction
The Ubiquity of Change
Change and Unchangeable Essences
Being-with-Others
The Thing-As-It-Is-In-Itself
A Middle Path Between Substantialism and Nonsubstantialism
Two Interpretations of the Continuum
Resolving an Apparent Contradiction
Dependent Origination and the Writings
A Dynamic Interpretation of Substance
Dependence and Independence
Having “Intrinsic Entity”
The Aristotelian Substratum
Change and Order
The Existence of Potentials
The Ultimate “Object of Desire”
Hegel, Dialectic and the Writings
Dialectic in the Writings
Actuality and Potentiality
Self-Transcendence
Potentials and Contradiction
Hegel, the Unhappy Consciousness and Manifestations
The Nature of Things
The Quest for Unity
The Nothingness Within
The PSR and Its Idealist Consequences
Varieties of Idealism
The First Major Difference with Plato
Natural Theology and Natural Law
The Second Major Difference with Plato
The Unknowability of God
The Nothingness of God
A Cautionary Note
Social Dialectic
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