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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume IILogic, Loyalty, and Community$
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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224845

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224845.001.0001

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The Hope of the Great Community

The Hope of the Great Community

(p.1145) 36 The Hope of the Great Community
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume II
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This concluding chapter addresses the ideal issues which are at stake in the present crisis of humanity. It first considers two contrasting views of the world's present moral situation which frequently appear in recent expressions concerning the morals of the war. According to one of these views, the present war is essentially a conflict between nations and between national ideals. Opposed to this view is a second and very different view of the moral situation of the world and of the meaning of the war. According to this view, the present war is a conflict more conscious, more explicit, and for that very reason more dangerous, a conflict between the community of mankind and the particular interests of individual nations. Ultimately, the hope of the community lies in trying to keep a vision of what the community of mankind may yet become despite this tragic calamity.

Keywords:   humanity, morality, war, national ideals, community, mankind, individual nations

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