From Theism to Panentheism

Peter H. Spader

in Scheler's Ethical Personalism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780823221776
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235629 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

From Theism to Panentheism

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This chapter discusses the aspect of Scheler’s change in thought which raised so many disturbances and this was his abandonment of personal theism and his acceptance of pantheism. Here came a definite inference that individual changes in thought are nothing but reflections of inner instability and lack of discipline. However, a new distinction is revealed between the ideal and the real, this being included in one of the most fundamental changes in thought that Scheler underwent. He defined reality in terms of its relationship to will. Thus in Scheler’s new position the world originally consisted of realized lower forms of being and categories of value. Scheler’s concern with ethics never diminished and his most recent position makes an important sense in his attempt which his original version of theism had failed to provide.

Keywords: theism; pantheism; ideal; real; thought; reality; will; ethics

Chapter.  9442 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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