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Absolute, The
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I. Philosophy – II. Philosophy of Religion

I. Philosophy

Etymologically, the word “absolute” means something separate from and independent of everything that is only relative. In this sense, the absolute can be understood ontologically as substance, logically as principle. If the absolute is taken as a singulare tantum, then it refers to something apart from which there is nothing that exists independently. This raises the question of how to conceive the relationship to the abs…

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Stolzenberg, Jürgen and Rosenau, Hartmut, “Absolute, The”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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