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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 Linkage of Facts

The Linkage of Facts

(p.569) 19 The Linkage of Facts
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, argues that all our acknowledgment of facts is a conscious submission to an Ought, which is a principle that still leaves numerous aspects of the world of human experience very ill-defined. Thus, it examines some of these aspects and their corresponding most fundamental Categories. It concludes that the true series of facts in the world must be a Well-Ordered Series, in which every fact has its next-following fact. The series discoverable by us in the World of Description are characterized by the prevalence, for our view, of the relation Between. Hence, they do not appear to us as Well-Ordered Series. But just insofar they are inadequate expressions of the truth.

Keywords:   ought, human experience, categories, Josiah Royce

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