Ultimate Reality and Meaning

Ultimate Reality and Meaning

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This interdisciplinary academic journal is published quarterly by an International association of thinkers who have an interest in research on human efforts to find meaning in our world. It publishes studies dealing with those facts, things, ideas, axioms, persons and values which people throughout history have considered ultimate (i.e., that to which human mind reduces and relates everything and that which one does not reduce or relate to anything else) or as horizons (i.e., world views in the light of which humans understand whatever they understand) or as supreme value (i.e., for which someone would sacrifice everything and which one would not lose for anything).

It covers humanity’s entire history, from the earliest preliterate groupings to contemporary society. Beliefs, world views and conceptualizations of an ultimate reality and meaning of human existence will be identified and analyzed through the culture they represent and the period from which they are taken. The analytical and critical description of all that the human mind ever thought about the ultimate reality and meaning of human existence is expected to initiate systematic and structural studies of the most universal dynamics that have driven human consciousness from its dawn until the present day.

ISSN: 0709-549

Founding Editor - Tibor Horvath, S.J.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Tom Krettek, S.J.
Philosophy Department
Collins Hall Room B27
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY   10458

Phone:  718-817-5896
Fax:       718-817-3300

Thomas Krettek, S.J. has a S.T.M. from Regis College of the Toronto School of Theology of the University of Toronto.  It was at this time that he first worked with Tibor Horvath and became involved with URAM.  He received his PhD in Philosophy from Catholic University of America where he wrote his dissertation on the relation between the metaphysics and political philosophy of Paul Weiss. He taught philosophy in Nairobi, Kenya before joining the philosophy faculty at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also served as Director of the Jesuit Humanities Program.  In 2000 he joined the philosophy department at Marquette University and taught at Marquette for five years.  In 2012 he became the Loyola Chair Holder and Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham, where he also serves as Director of the Master of Arts (Philosophical Resources) Program.  He has served as Philosophy Section Editor for the URAM Journal and President of the URAM Society.

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CO-EDITOR
STEPHEN M. MODELL
University of Michigan
4605 SPH Tower, 109 S. Observatory
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Tel (734) 615-3141
Fax. (734) 764-1357
E-mail: mod@umich.edu

ASSOCIATE EDITOR
DAVID J. LEIGH S. J.,
Seattle University
901 12th Ave. CASEY 502
Seattle, WA 98122 USA
Tel (206) 296-5414
Fax (206) 296-5997
E-mail: dleigh@seattleu.edu


ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Mark DeStephano, S.J.
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
Saint Peter's University
2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-761-6232
mdestephano@saintpeters.edu

SECTION EDITORS
African Studies
EUGENE GOUSSIKINDY SJ,
Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology, P.O. Box 21215, Nairobi, Kenya

American Literature
ADAM CROWLEY
Husson University, 1 College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401

Anthropological Studies
THOMAS BARGATZKY
Universitait Bayreuth, Geschwister-School-Platz. 3, 8580 Bayreuth, Germany

Biochemistry
GEORGE PANCO
8 rue Bochart de Saron, 75009 Paris, France

Biology
JOSEPH SVOBODA
University of Toronto, Erindale Campus, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 Canada

Chemistry
ALLEN R. UTKE
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8645 USA

Computer Studies
JULIA A. JOHNSON
Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6 Canada

Economics
ABRAHAM ROTSTEIN
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 Canada

English Literature
DAVID J. LEIGH
Seattle University, Seattle, WA 98112-4340 USA

Genome Studies
STEPHEN M. MODELL
University of Michigan, School of Public
Health, 4605 SPH-I Tower, 109 S. Observatory, Ann Arbor, MI USA 48109-2029

Hellenic and Roman Classic Studies
DAVID SIDER
Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10485-5154 USA

History:
TERENCE J. FAY
Toronto School of Theology/UT, 10 St. Mary Street, Suite 508, Toronto, ON M4Y 1P9

Hindu Studies:
SHIV TALWAR
408 Tamarack Drive, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 2G6

Legal Studies
D. MCLEAN,
25 Main St. W. Suite 2100, Hamilton, ON Canada L8P 1H1

Media Studies
ANTHONY CRISTIANO
Digital Media and Journalism Programs, Wilfrid Laurier University, 73 George Street, Brantford, ON, Canada N3T 2Y3

Nahua Studies
JAMES MAFFIE
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO USA 80523-1781

Neurophysiology
ANDREW B. NEWBERG
1750 Oakwood Terrace, #16H, Penn Valley, PA 19072 USA

Philosophy
Lisa O’Neill
Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ USA 07306-4606

Physics
A.A. BEREZIN
McMaster University, Hamilton ON Canada L8S 4L7

Psychology
J.G. Schner
Regis College, 15 St. Mary St. Toronto ON Canada M4Y 1R5

Religious Studies
GERHOLD K. BECKER
Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China

Roman Classical Studies
DAVID SIDER
New York University, 25 Waverly Place, New York, NY USA 10003

Semiotics
A. MAKOLKIN
Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies, University of Toronto, 100 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON Canada M5S 1J4

Sociobiology
MARCEL ROELE
European Sociobiological Society, Meeuwenlaan 111a 1021 HX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Spanish Studies
MARK DeSTEPHANO, S.J.
St. Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ 07306-4606 USA

Theological Studies
HANS WALDENFELS
Universitat Bonn, 5300 Bonn 1, Germany

Ultimate Reality and Meaning Submission Guidelines

Notes for Contributors

It is recommended that potential contributors first write either to the editor or to the section editor to determine whether or not the subjects on which they wish to write have already been assigned. 

Contributions concerning methods and approaches for studying the areas under discussion are desired.

Structural and systematic reflection on the articles already published in the journal are welcome.

Reviews and assessments of articles published in the journal are invited in order to stimulate further research. Such reviews and assessments will form the content of a special section called Reviews and Evaluations of Articles. Contributors are requested to follow the following guide-lines for content and format:

I. CONTENT

1. Essential Information:

(a) if about a man or woman: date and country of birth; geographical and historical setting; education; major influences; important stages in life and thought; influence, important writings and publications (commentaries, studies, books or articles).

(b) if about doctrine, system of ideas and/or school: definitions; leading exponents, most important ideas; historical period of influence; listing of important writings and commentaries on the doctrine, system and school.

(c) if about tribes, peoples or countries: name and geographical setting; history of studies and sources; origin and history; major influences, social structure,commerce, industry, government, language, religion, art, music, etc., influence on other people, contributions, questions to be studied, description of how life is seen by the group; description of the corresponding symbols, images and the network of their correlative function, description of how he group tries to survive by adapting itself to or by manipulating the patterns of life.

2. Ultimate Reality and Meaning of Subject Matter Studies in Depth and Social Impact

(a) description and definition of important names, terms, symbols, metaphors used to express ultimate reality and meaning of human existence.

(b) elaboration of basic idea or ideas: here the contributor should be guided by such questions as:

•Is the ultimate reality and meaning dealt with directly or indirectly? How is it expressed: as space model, e.g., milieu, horizon, context, etc.: time model, e.g. origin, cause, ultimate, final, etc.: person model, e.g. God, spirit, spirits, etc.?
•What is the final horizon, the central idea in terms of which the meaning of human existence is understood?
•What is the conception of the universe, its origin and destiny, if there is one" What is the role of man/woman, his/her moral ends and moral relations to the universe and its creator(s), if any, or to the totality of existence?
•What is the logicogenetic development of what is taken as ultimate? Are these ideas original or derivative? If derivative, from whom and how?
•What is the meaning of the universe? What is the meaning of human existence? What does man/woman expect from life? What are the desires man/woman expects to be fulfilled (e.g. to harmonize the world? to live forever? to enable family, clan, society continue to survive? to be united with God or with the universe? etc.)
•What is the relation between the desires, the reality in which man lives and the heaven to which he wants to go?
•How is happiness or a better future visualized? What is man/woman expected to do to reach the desired happiness?
•In what context do such desires make sense and in what context do they not? Do these ideas contribute to a greater and deeper understanding of the ultimate reality and meaning of human existence or experience?

The contributor should not dwell on beliefs incidental to these ultimates, unless for understanding them. It is also expected that he/she will criticize and evaluate these basic ideas.

II. FORMAT

1.Manuscripts:  A letter-perfect manuscript should be submitted in triplicate to the relevant Section Editor or to the Editor.  The manuscript will be sent out to two or three scholars for comment.  The comment and the author’s reply might be published in the journal.  The format for manuscripts submitted after January 2012 is to be in accord with the MLA Stylesheet. The use of inclusive language, when appropriate and possible, is requested.

2.Language: English is the preferred language. All articles should be submitted in English, but other languages will be used in the case of exceptional papers where English submission is difficult.

3.Length: Preferred maximum length of any article is 40 doublespaced pages.

4.References:

(a) References should be included in the text within parentheses and arranged as in this example: (Hartshorne 156-158).  Neither footnotes nor endnotes are to be used.
(b) All references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript under Works Cited.  Author, title, publisher, date should be arranged as in the following examples:
Book:
Hartshorne, Charles.  The Divine Relativity. A Social Conception of God. 3rd edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.
Article:
Horvath, Tibor. “Encyclopedia of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning: A Plan for a New Encyclopedia.” Revue de l’Universite d’ Ottawa. 39 (1969): 94-106. 

5.Abstracts:

Every contributor should include with his manuscript a short abstract limited to 250 words and a glossary, i.e. an indication of the specific interpretation he gives to all the key? terms (e.g. 'mana', systems analysis, etc.) used in that particular area of research. Finally a short introduction about the? contributor is also requested. 6.Page proofs, reprints: The contributor receives page proofs. For other than printer's errors, changes in page proofs in excess of 10% will be charged to the contributor.

Each author (or main author of a multi-author work) will receive 5 complimentary copies of the issue in which his/her article appears. Offprints may be ordered from the printer.

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6. Electronic format: When the article is accepted for publication the authors is asked to provide the Editor, by email or on CD, with a MS Word document (.doc) or Rich Text File (.rft) of it.

7. Page proofs, reprints: The contributor will receive page proofs.  For other than printer’s errors, changes in page proofs in excess of 10% will be charged to the contributor.  Each author (or main authors of a multi-authored work) will receive five complementary copies of the issues in which his/her article appears.  Offprints may be ordered directly from the publisher.

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Philosophy Department
Collins Hall Room B27
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY   10458

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