By Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)

When I first turned conversant in the concept of the yank philoso­ pher Josiah Royce, elements fairly intrigued me. the 1st was once Royce's declare that the concept of group was once his major metaphysical guiding principle; the second one used to be his shut organization with the 2 American pragmatists, Charles Sanders Peirce and William James. concerning the first issue, i used to be struck via the truth that a thinker who died in 1916 may still emphasize a subject of such modern importance not just in philosophy yet in such a lot of different very important fields in addition (sociology, psychology, politics, theology - to call just a few). in regards to the moment, i used to be curious as to if the pragmatism of Peirce and James may need prompted Royce throughout the process their expert and private contacts. equally, I puzzled no matter if the idealism of Royce may have affected the concept of Peirce and James. To have appeased my interest in regard to all 3 thinkers, besides the fact that, could have required (at least) 3 books. As a commence i've got now appeased it in regard to 1. In getting to know the writings of Royce i discovered my approach to the Houghton Library and to the documents of Harvard college at Cambridge, Massa­ chusetts, the place the unpublished manuscripts of Royce are preserved. (No modifying activity has but been performed in this bulk of fabric, although such will surely be a welcome contribution to American philosophy.

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About the Future, by nature verifiable. 3. About the Past, by nature unverifiable. a. About the possible in the past, by nature unverifiable. b. About the possible in the future, by 4. About the Possible nature sometimes verifiable and sometimes not. c. About the possible without reference to time. Sometimes verifiable. 87 I. Assertions are Regarding the first type, the act of verification and the act of judgment constitute the same assertion. Their coincidence is the basis for their truth. Regarding judgments about the future, these comprise only assertions that may ultimately be submitted to a rigid test, and verified or cast aside.

Thus, the fact that Peircean, Jamesian and Roycean epistemologies are all empirically rooted is not what constitutes the pragmatic element of their thought. Its proper constitution is rather the empirical thrust or future directedness of their ways of philosophizing. Only this aspect of their treatment of experience may be interpreted as properly pragmatic. Consequently, the pragmatic element on which subsequent chapters focus is an emphasis on future experience. This is the understanding of pragmatism which originally provoked the topic as a problem worthy of consideration, and which gave rise to the pages which follow as a textually grounded interpretation of the thought of Royce.

Loc. " (133) 28 INTRODUCTION God as pragmatic postulate, and (3) community as perfective of the individual. In investigating the three themes the points accented in their explication are those which indicate an orientation towards future experience. Summarily, these are the points that constitute the pragmatic element in Royce's philosophy. The dating for the three periods has been chosen at the suggestion of Rev. Frank M. , who observes that Royce's life reveals three major insights (ca. 1882, 1897, and 1912), which climactically determined his early, middle, and mature periods.

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