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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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(p.385) 13 Immortality
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses Josiah Royce's thoughts on immortality. Specifically, he presents a sketch of the doctrine of immortality summarized as follows: “Since the time order is the expression of a will continuous with my own, my life cannot ever become a wholly past fact unless my individual will is one that, after some point of time, becomes superfluous for the further temporal expression of the meaning of the whole world life. But as an ethical personality I have an insatiable need for an opportunity to find, to define, and to accomplish my individual and unique duty. This need of mine is God's need in me and of me. Seen, then, from the eternal point of view, my personal life must be an endless series of deeds.”

Keywords:   immortality, life, time, ethical personality, God, Josiah Royce

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