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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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Self-Consciousness, Social Consciousness and Nature

Self-Consciousness, Social Consciousness and Nature

(p.423) 15 Self-Consciousness, Social Consciousness and Nature
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter aims to reach, and, in closing, to sketch some views as to the relation of man to nature. It begins by defining the place of the inquiry in the general catalogue of philosophical questions, and then states the theses to be defended. There are two great divisions of philosophy: theoretical and practical. The present analysis deals with a matter belonging to theoretical philosophy, specifically a certain problem of philosophical cosmology. Here about us is the natural world, the world that appears to our senses—a world manifesting some sort of finite and some sort of highly fragmentary truth. Man appears as a part of nature, a product of nature, a being whose destinies seem to be the sport of purely physical laws. The problem that this chapter aims in the end to approach is: What is the meaning of this phenomenal relation of man to nature?

Keywords:   man, nature, theoretical philosophy, Josiah Royce, philosophical cosmology

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