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When I first turned conversant in the idea of the yankee philoso­ pher Josiah Royce, components relatively intrigued me. the 1st was once Royce's declare that the suggestion of neighborhood used to be his major metaphysical guiding principle; the second one was once 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 via the truth that a thinker who died in 1916 should still emphasize a subject matter 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). in regards to the moment, i used to be curious to whether the pragmatism of Peirce and James may have stimulated Royce through the process their expert and private contacts. equally, I questioned no matter if the idealism of Royce may need 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 at least one. In studying the writings of Royce i discovered my approach to the Houghton Library and to the records of Harvard college at Cambridge, Massa­ chusetts, the place the unpublished manuscripts of Royce are preserved.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 would definitely be a welcome contribution to American philosophy.

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Vol. D. Thesis... " 4 6 8 7 8 Cf. FE, 360. FE,35 8-9. FE,359. FE,363. HIS NOTION OF THE ABSOLUTE 45 universal fund of human knowledge. " 8 But this knowledge does not stay with the individual knower: it enriches others through its universal applicability to future experience. If we bear in mind that Royce incorporates the preceding description of the knowing process under the title "How Beliefs Are Made," it would certainly seem that he intends us to relate that process with the origin of belief.

A. The function of belief, its origin and constitution Royce once recalled a conversation with a friend on the subject of belief. Disclaiming all responsibility for his beliefs on some important topics, the friend remarked: "I try to conquer prejudice; but having done this, 1 can do no more. My belief, whatever it is, forms itself in me. 1 look on. My will has nothing to do with the matter.... "1 Since Royce had much admired some of his friend's beliefs, he was so disappointed that he refused to be held responsible for them.

If we are to find a pragmatism at all in Royce we would expect to find it present in his epistemology. Examining the early texts of Royce according to the understanding of "pragmatic" described in the preceding chapter, one discerns (at least) four pragmatic factors contained within his theory of knowledge: I. an emphasis on the practical purposefulness of speculation, 2. the usefulness of doubt and postulate in philosophizing, 3. the limited function of verification and the role of insight, and 4.

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