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Research projects for comparative study and appreciation of ultimate realities throught the sciences and humanities

The essay distinguishes two kinds of ultimate reality, ontological and cosmological. The ontological kind is whatever answers to the question of why there is anything determinate at all. Three great thematic answers have been developed in the world‟s philosophic/theological cultures: that the reason for things is a function of consciousness, of spontaneous emergence, or of a creator God something like a person. The cosmological kind consists of the transcendental traits of anything determinate, of which four are discussed: form, components formed, existential location, and value-identity. Relative to form, the ultimate realities relevant to order, value, and right choice are discussed. Relative to components formed, the ultimate realities relevant to wholeness, integration, and healing are discussed. Relative to existential location, the ultimate realities relevant to engaging Others are discussed. Relative to value-identity, the ultimate realities of achieving value in oneself and in one‟s effects on others are discussed. The essay concludes with a series of proposed research topics that explore these points in more detail, emphasizing the collaboration of scientific and humanistic thinking.

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