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

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

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

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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

Chapter.  3773 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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