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Yes, But Not QuiteEncountering Josiah Royce's Ethico-Religious Insight$
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Dwayne A. Tunstall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230549

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230549.001.0001

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Royce's Ethico-Religious Insight: A Hypothetical Postulate?

Royce's Ethico-Religious Insight: A Hypothetical Postulate?

(p.85) Five Royce's Ethico-Religious Insight: A Hypothetical Postulate?
Yes, But Not Quite

Dwayne A. Tunstall

Fordham University Press

This chapter explains the possibility that the reading of Royce is a mistaken one in light of Randall Auxier's innovative interpretation of Royce's thought as advancing a fictional ontology, not an adequate description of reality. In Auxier's paper, “Royce's Fictional Ontology”, he contends that Royce's philosophy is best understood as one constructed out of hypothetical postulates that are deemed adequate only insofar as they are exemplified in our actual experiences of the world. Auxier suggests that Royce's philosophic postulates are hypothetical propositions in the sense that they aim to make our empirical observations intelligible. A considerable portion of this chapter consists of a condensed and revised version of the first section of the article “Concerning the God That Is Only a Concept: A Marcellian Critique of Royce's God”.

Keywords:   Randall Auxier, fictional ontology, hypothetical postulate, empirical observations, Marcellian Critique

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