An Idealistic Pragmatism: The Development of the Pragmatic by Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)

By Mary Briody Mahowald (auth.)

When I first grew to become conversant in the concept of the yank philoso­ pher Josiah Royce, elements fairly intrigued me. the 1st was once Royce's declare that the thought of neighborhood was once his major metaphysical guideline; 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 by way of the truth that a thinker who died in 1916 may still emphasize an issue 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). concerning the moment, i used to be curious to whether the pragmatism of Peirce and James may need inspired Royce throughout the process their expert and private contacts. equally, I questioned even 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, may have required (at least) 3 books. As a commence i've got now appeased it in regard to 1. In studying the writings of Royce i discovered my approach to the Houghton Library and to the data of Harvard collage at Cambridge, Massa­ chusetts, the place the unpublished manuscripts of Royce are preserved.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, although such would definitely be a welcome contribution to American philosophy.

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Save for Thought, there is no truth, no error. " 50 "All reality must [therefore] be present to the Unity of the Infinite Thought"51 which is the Absolute. This we cannot doubt, since all our doubting presupposes it. Hence Royce rejects, and rather forcefully, the doctrine of total relativity of truth, at the same time as he insists, just as forcefully, on the relativity of truth and error. Error exists as relative to absolute Truth. The absolute Truth exists but not as ever wholly ascertained by man whose intellectual limitation Royce is so keenly aware of.

53. HIS THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE 33 precisely at the point where one acknowledges its essential relatedness to volitional activity. Royce would hope we rest content with the realization that "[i]n and for the Will. "9 Moreover, Royce would want us to apply his notion of truth to our conceptions of the past and to our judgments of external existence. In regard to the former, Royce maintains that our ideas of past moments are simply part of the movements of volition contained within our present judgments.

Who seeks for what he chooses to call conformity with the real, seeks in fact but for satisfaction and security of belief. 18 Even if one were to criticize the more ordinary beliefs upon which he acts, he must ultimately admit to conviction or belief as the starting point for all his claims to knowledge. Let me go on as long as I please; my conviction of the convincing nature of my conviction of the validity of a first conviction will never itself be more than a conviction. The superior reality to which I am to conform either means simply the ideal of stability of belief, or it means nothing that I can ever claim.

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