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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 Conception of God Address by Professor Royce

The Conception of God Address by Professor Royce

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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter presents Josiah Royce's address regarding the conception of God. He believes that a really fruitful philosophical study of the conception of God is inseparable from an attempt to estimate what evidence there is for the existence of God. When one conceives of God, one does so because one is interested, not in the bare definition of a purely logical or mathematical notion, but in the attempt to make out what sort of real world this is in which we live. If it is worthwhile even to speak of God before the forum of the philosophical reason, it is so because one hopes to be able, in a measure, to translate into articulate terms the central mystery of our existence, and to get some notion about what is at the heart of the world.

Keywords:   God, Josiah Royce, philosophical study, philosophical reason, exitence

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