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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Josiah Royce's Philosophy of the Community

Josiah Royce's Philosophy of the Community

Danger of the Detached Individual

(p.106) Chapter Five Josiah Royce's Philosophy of the Community
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on American classical philosopher Josiah Royce's philosophy of the community based on his book titled The World and the Individual. This book is based on Royce's Gifford lectures delivered in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1899 and 1900. It states that the philosophic irony in the lectures would have triggered a challenge and strong criticism from Scottish philosopher David Hume. This chapter suggests that the lectures represent one of the ambitious philosophical attempts to ground the existence of the individual self within the context of an all-knowing Absolute Mind.

Keywords:   Josiah Royce, The World and the Individual, Gifford lectures, Absolute Mind, philosophy of the community, essay

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