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Josiah Royce, Scott L. Pratt, and Shannon Sullivan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231324

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231324.001.0001

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The Problem of Natural Religio

The Problem of Natural Religio

The Present Position

(p.182) The Problem of Natural Religio
Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems

Scott L. Pratt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses Royce's philosophical study of religion. The problem of natural religion, as it is framed by Royce, turns on the relation between facts and ideals, or facts and values. The argument shows that appeals to facts in both natural religion and science require a commitment in advance to the ideal that there are facts in the world that will determine the truth and falsity of claims. This notion of a necessary commitment to ideals for there to be meaningful facts is exactly the relation present in loyalty. Loyalty represents the attitude or process of commitment to an ideal in terms of which facts can be selected and ordered and sociality can be instituted.

Keywords:   natural religion, facts, ideals, values, science, truth

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