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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 Fourth Conception of Being

The Fourth Conception of Being

(p.543) 18 The Fourth Conception of Being
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter, taken from Josiah Royce's Gifford Lectures of 1899, continues the development of the conception of Being which began in the previous lecture. Specifically, it synthesizes all the three former conceptions into a Fourth Conception, which can be summarized as, “Only the Self which is your world is your completely integrated Self, the totality of the life that at this instant you fragmentarily grasp. Your present defect is a matter of the mere form of your consciousness at this instant. Were your eyes at this instant open to your own meaning, your life as a whole would be spread before you as a single and unique life, for which no other could be substituted without a less determinate expression of just your individual will. Now this complete life of yours, is. Only such completion can be. Being can possess no other nature than this.”

Keywords:   being, self, Josiah Royce, life, defect, consciousness

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