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Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated. See concordance for correlation with pages in the New Critique. The concordance is in pdf format.)

product NC III, 5

Baader says that the temporal is only a mode [Weise] of production of the Absolute; the temporal is a mode or quality of the inexistence of what has been ‘produced’ by the Absolute (Elementarbegriffe 540; Werke 5, 81). He also refers to the mode (‘le modus, la manière’) of our existence (Fermenta V, 13).

Usually, Baader refers to different modes of production as ‘elements’ or ‘factors.’ For example, he refers to ‘elements and factors of perception.’ In their central inner sense, these elements are identical; in their outer sense–the temporal world–there is only a composition of elements which are put together (zusammengesetzt) into temporal beings (Werke 4, 100).

God has by his creation an emanated, exoteric production. But there is also an esoteric, immanent production within the Trinity (Schumacher 42).

Baader says that God’s Word is the central action, producing rays (Strahlen) within temporal reality. Just as the outer organism unfolds itself in the aspect of the outer Sun, so in the aspect of God’s image (in its totality) in humans should the outer nature be made capable of unfolding and effecting an inner higher organism (Begründung 51).

I believe that Baader’s idea of production by a center in its periphery corresponds to Dooyeweerd’s Idea of the expression of the center in the peripheral. Dooyeweerd may be using ‘product’ in this sense of ‘expression’ when he says that Parmenides’ idea of Being identifies theoretical thought with its product (NC III, 5). Now thought is an act that like all acts expresses itself in the temporal.

Revised Dec 27/04