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The Relevance of Royce$
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Kelly A. Parker and Jason Bell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255283

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255283.001.0001

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Individuals Ain’t Ones

Individuals Ain’t Ones

Who We Are in Royce’s World

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(p.151) Eight Individuals Ain’t Ones
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The Relevance of Royce
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Douglas R. Anderson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255283.003.0009

In this essay I explore Royce's use of the term “individual.” I argue that, following the inspiration of Charles Peirce, Royce develops a notion of the individual that involves a community. That is, each individual is constituted by a many-in-one. The uniqueness of individuals has to do not with fixed, specific traits, but with the overall process or career through which a person lives. I then suggest that Royce's conception of the individual has interesting consequences for our practices in the present—from legal considerations of punishment and ownership to simple human interactions in the everyday world.

Keywords:   absolute, community, God, individual, Peirce, Royce

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