By Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)
When I first turned familiar with the concept of the yank philoso pher Josiah Royce, elements quite intrigued me. the 1st used to be Royce's declare that the concept of group was once his major metaphysical guideline; the second one used to be his shut organization with the 2 American pragmatists, Charles Sanders Peirce and William James. in regards to the first issue, i used to be struck through the truth that a thinker who died in 1916 should still emphasize an issue of such modern value not just in philosophy yet in such a lot of different important fields to boot (sociology, psychology, politics, theology - to call just a few). concerning the moment, i used to be curious to whether the pragmatism of Peirce and James may have prompted Royce through the process their specialist and private contacts. equally, I questioned even 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, despite the fact that, could have required (at least) 3 books. As a commence i've got now appeased it in regard to 1. In gaining knowledge of 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my approach to the Houghton Library and to the documents of Harvard college at Cambridge, Massa chusetts, the place the unpublished manuscripts of Royce are preserved.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 enhancing activity has but been performed in this bulk of fabric, even though such will surely be a welcome contribution to American philosophy.
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For "pure thought" or "speculation" is a good technical term, but one which cannot be properly applied to the thinking activity as such. "4 While Royce claims that consciousness is the starting point of all philosophy, 5 and that experience always gives the material for our thinking, 6 he nonetheless insists that neither ego nor experience is sufficient to explain the knowing activity of man. In every judgment we take a leap beyond ourselves through the volitional act of affirmation or negation, and that leap is a leap into the realm of truth.
It would be the one faith opposed to the many opinions, and certain to conquer them. It would be the one reaIitythat could wait for ages for a discoverer. 19 In a sense, Royce has claimed to be the discoverer of that one reality through his ideal of truth which is the Absolute. "20 In forceful terms we are reminded of our responsibility to believe selflessly as well as critically: You may not, you dare not, if it is your vocation, to think at all - you dare not accept a faith simply for the satisfaction it gives you.
The notion of pragmatism which Royce here advocates is consistent with what is essentially pragmatic to Peirce and James. Within the Roycean context, however, the emphasis on future experience involves an essential union of thought and reality; idealism is necessary to the future directedness of his philosophizing. In contrast with James and Peirce, there are two futures about which Royce is concerned in his notion of pragmatism: one the near or temporal future which constitutes our presently projected field of action; the other the future fulfilment of experience in the Absolute.
An Idealistic Pragmatism: The Development of the Pragmatic Element in the Philosophy of Josiah Royce by Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)