Josiah Royce


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Josiah Royce (November 20, 1855 – September 14, 1916) was an American objective idealist philosopher.

Royce, born in Grass Valley, California on November 20, 1855. He was the son of Josiah and Sarah Eleanor (Bayliss) Royce, whose families were recent English emigrants, and who sought their fortune in the westward movement of the American pioneers in 1849. He received the B.A. from the ... more »

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  • The unique eludes us; yet we remain faithful to the ideal of it; and in spite of sense and of our merely abstract thinking, it becomes for us the most real thing in the actual world, although for us i...
    Josiah Royce (1855-1916), U.S. philosopher. Originally published 1900. The Conception of Immortality, repr. In The Religious Philosophy of Josiah Royc...
  • Man you can define; but the true essence of any man, say, for instance, of Abraham Lincoln, remains the endlessly elusive and mysterious object of the biographer's interest, of the historian's comment...
    Josiah Royce (1855-1916), U.S. philosopher. Originally published 1900. The Conception of Immortality, repr. In The Religious Philosophy of Josiah Royc...
  • ''I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens, and the stars are all real, but not so damned real, you see.''
    Josiah Royce (1855-1916), U.S. philosopher. Letter to William James, May 21, 1888, reporting a conversation with a sea captain. The Letters of Josiah ...
  • Only the more uncompromising of the mystics still seek for knowledge in a silent land of absolute intuition, where the intellect finally lays down its conceptual tools, and rests from its pragmatic la...
    Josiah Royce (1855-1916), U.S. philosopher. The Problem of Christianity, vol. II, lecture XI, Macmillan (1914).
  • ''No consensus of men can make an error erroneous. We can only find or commit an error, not create it. When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.''
    Josiah Royce (1855-1916), U.S. philosopher. Originally published 1885. The Religious Aspect of Philosophy, repr. In The Religious Philosophy of Josiah...
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