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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume ICulture, Philosophy, and Religion$
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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224838

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224838.001.0001

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The Rediscovery of the Inner Life: From Spinoza to Kant

The Rediscovery of the Inner Life: From Spinoza to Kant

(p.273) 9 The Rediscovery of the Inner Life: From Spinoza to Kant
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter considers stages of growing intelligence, and even of growing spiritual knowledge, marked by an inevitable and lamentable decline in apparent depth and vitality of spiritual experience. In such stages, the greatest concerns of our lives are somehow for a while hidden, even forgotten. We become more knowing, more clever, more critical, more wary, more skeptical, but we seemingly do not grow more profound or more reverent. Such a stage in human experience is represented, in great part, by the philosophical thinkers who flourished between the time of Spinoza's death, in 1677 and the appearance of Kant's chief philosophical work, “The Critique of Pure Reason” in 1781. It is the period which has been especially associated, in historical tradition, with the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Josiah Royce, Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, philosophy, inner life, spiritual experience, eighteenth century

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