International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 59-75

First online:

Loving without understanding: Raimon Panikkar’s ontological pluralism

  • Anselm K. MinAffiliated withThe School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University Email author 

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Raimon Panikkar is one of the most sophisticated and most profound among contemporary pluralists of religion. His pluralism is radical because it is rooted in the very nature of things, in the pluralism of being itself, beyond all perspectivalism and indeed beyond truth and falsity taken as intellectual categories. I discuss several issues regarding his position. Is he indeed a pluralist or a monist in disguise? Does he do justice to the uniqueness of each religion? Is he not prematurely introducing the eschatological ideal of the harmony of opposites into the historical world where opposites often produce bloody conflicts?


Hick Intellectualism Interreligious dialogue Panikkar Philosophy of religion Pluralism Postmodernism