The “Conception of God” Debate: Setting the Stage for Royce's Personalism

Dwayne A. Tunstall

in Yes, But Not Quite

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230549
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235919 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

The “Conception of               God” Debate: Setting the Stage for Royce's Personalism

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This chapter presents a brief history of the Royce–Howison debate in 1895 and reconstructs George Holmes Howison's critiques of Royce's mostly epistemic arguments for God's existence, as Royce articulated them in The Religious Aspect of Philosophy. It argues that because Howison serves as Josiah Royce's philosophical foil during his “middle” period, Royce's idealism gradually becomes more similar to Howison's personal idealism. It also analyzes Royce's modified ontological argument for God's existence in his 1895 lecture “The Conception of God”. Additionally, it describes how Howison's criticism is a valid one, even though he misinterprets Royce's idealism and its argument for God's existence.

Keywords: George Holmes Howison; idealism; Religious Aspect of Philosophy; God; The Conception of God; Josiah Royce

Chapter.  6714 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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