The Unique and the Ultimate: An Unorthodox Approach

  • Valerie Fickert Humboldt University of Berlin
Keywords: comparative theology, transcultural studies, dialogue of religions, far eastern cultures, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, singularity


Fundamentally criticizing constructions of uniqueness in analytic philosophy as rather ab-solute and therefore too abstract, this paper prefers a more comparative approach to religion, drawing a parallel between the contemplative experience of Christian, Muslim and Jewish mystics such as Meister Eckhart and the deepness of Far-Eastern meditation in the tradition of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. Actually, it is necessary to combine the term of the unique with the ultimate ground to stay directly in contact with the process of real life`s complexity in history as a part of the spatio-temporal continuum (Einstein, Bourdieu). Broadly considering the historical, the ethical-transcultural and metaphysical-pragmatistic dimension of the unique and the ultimate together (including both more principal and more ontological aspects), creates an unorthodox approach to tackle the ubiquitous singularity discourses. Finally, uniqueness unites the multiple dimensions of life and, in a theological perspective, creates a new idea of joy between humanity and heaven.

How to Cite
Fickert, V. (2020). The Unique and the Ultimate: An Unorthodox Approach. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 8(1), 1-22. Retrieved from