The community and the individual in the later philosophy of Josiah Royce.
Sprague, Wayne Llewellyn Carlyle
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The problem of this dissertation is to investigate the changes in Josiah Royce's philosophic development with special reference to the bearing of these changes on the status of the individual. The method adopted in this research was first to divide Royce's development into two periods. The earlier period is defined as that before his exposition of those views that are peculiarly related to the new reorientation of his philosophy around the concept of the "community." The later period has explicit expression with the publication of the Hibbert Lectures as The Problem of Christianity in 1913. His philosophic systems as developed in each period were contrasted with reference to the features which contributed to an enhancement of the status of the individual as found in his latest philosophy. The contention is made that Royce's latest philosophy has been seriously neglected by students of Royce. Conclusions are reached, therefore, in the hope of correcting the historical stereotyping of Royce on the basis of his earlier period and in the confidence that his later period contains worthwhile contributions for dealing with current philosophical problems. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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