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Coupling Royce's Temporalism with Levinasian Insights

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230549.003.0008

Series: American Philosophy

Coupling Royce's Temporalism with               Levinasian Insights

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This chapter examines how Royce could make the ethico-religious dimension of his temporalism explicit by incorporating certain insights from Emmanuel Levinas's phenomenology. It addresses a serious problem with Royce's ethics and how that problem causes his ethics to be an inadequate mode of expressing his ethico-religious insight. The serious problem with Royce's ethics is that it neglects the origins of ethical experience. The chapter dedicates an entire section to outlining Royce's temporalism, as shown in the second volume of The World and the Individual and his 1910 essay “The Reality of the Temporal”. The chapter then examines Royce's ethics from the standpoint of Levinas's phenomenology, as articulated in Totality and Infinity and Otherwise than Being, Or Beyond Essence.

Keywords: temporalism; Emmanuel Lavinas; phenomenology; ethics; The World and the Individual; The Reality of the Temporal; Totality and Infinity

Chapter.  7345 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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