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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 Temporal and the Eternal

The Temporal and the Eternal

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(p.611) 20 The Temporal and the Eternal
Source:
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I
Author(s):
John J. McDermott
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823224838.003.0020

This chapter, taken from Josiah Royce's Gifford Lectures of 1899, argues that any rational decision as between a pessimistic and an optimistic view of the world, any account of the relations between God and Man, any view of the sense in which the evils and imperfections of the Universe can be comprehended or justified, any account of our ethical consciousness in terms reconcilable with our Idealism must turn in part upon a distinction between the Temporal and the Eternal, and upon an insight into their unity in the midst of their contrast. The problem at issue is one of the most delicate and, at the same time, one of the simplest of the great issues of philosophy. The chapter deals with it at first in a purely theoretical fashion and then proceeds to its practical applications.

Keywords:   temporal, eternal, idealism, God, religion, Josiah Royce, philosophy

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