Authors
Daniel Brunson
Morgan State University
Abstract
This paper proposes an alternative perspective on the question of the relationship between German Idealism and American Pragmatism through attention to the philosophy of Josiah Royce. Despite being seen as a Hegelian, Royce declared himself a pragmatist. However, he also called his position Absolute Voluntarism. This paper suggests that the real issue between Idealism and Pragmatism is Intellectualism vs. Voluntarism. This distinction both parallels and cuts across the traditions of German Idealism and American Pragmatism, and promises to open up a view broader than the traditional accounts of the qualified appreciation of Hegel seen in Peirce and Dewey, or the outright antipathy of James. With Peirce, we see that his continual call for Royce to study logic includes, or complements, his criticisms that Royce neglects Secondness. Regarding James, we see his influence on Royce is mediated also in their mutual study of Wundt’s voluntaristic psychology, which has its own roots in the pre-Kantian German Idealism of Leibniz. As for Dewey, he acknowledges Royce’s voluntarism, but rejects Royce’s claim that his Absolute Pragmatism/Voluntarism is pragmatism at all. Nonetheless, even if Royce failed to fuse his idealism and pragmatism, the very effort suggests he saw them as distinct enough to need fusion.
Keywords German Idealism  American Pragmatism  Voluntarism  Josiah Royce  William James  Charles Peirce  John Dewey
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.4000/ejpap.1333
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,579
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Idealism, Pragmatism, and the Will to Believe: Charles Renouvier and William James.Jeremy Dunham - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (4):1-23.
The Eternal and the Practical.Josiah Royce - 1904 - Philosophical Review 13 (2):113-142.
The Politics of Disjunction. Pratt - 2010 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (2):202.
The External World and the Social Consciousness.Josiah Royce - 1894 - Philosophical Review 3 (5):513-545.
Commemorating Royce — Revisiting The Royce Festschrift.Robin Friedman - 2016 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 52 (2):201.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Invention of Modern Moral Philosophy A Review Of.Jennifer A. Herdt - 2001 - Journal of Religious Ethics 29 (1):147-173.
Does Scepticism Presuppose Voluntarism?Jonathan Hill - 2018 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 8 (1):31-50.
Doxastic Voluntarism: A Sceptical Defence.Danny Frederick - 2013 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 3 (1):24-44.
Relativism, Absolutism, and Tolerance.Hye-Kyung Kim & Michael Wreen - 2003 - Metaphilosophy 34 (4):447-459.
Defending Stance Voluntarism.Jamee Elder - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (11):3019-3039.
Voluntarism and Intellectualism: A Reconciliation.Gustav Spiller - 1904 - Philosophical Review 13 (4):420-428.
Freedom and Reason.Margaret Schmitt - 2015 - Synthese 192 (1):25-41.
Woluntaryzm i intelektualizm w etyce Jana Dunsa Szkota.Martyna Koszkało - 2012 - Przeglad Filozoficzny - Nowa Seria 83 (3):441-458.
Deciding to Believe Again.Keith Frankish - 2007 - Mind 116 (463):523 - 547.
Descartes on Will and Suspension of Judgment: Affectivity of the Reasons for Doubt.Jan Forsman - 2017 - In Gábor Boros, Judit Szalai & Oliver Istvan Toth (eds.), The Concept of Affectivity in Early Modern Philosophy. Budapest, Hungary: pp. 38-58.
Doxastic Voluntarism.Rico Vitz - 2008 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-01-12

Total views
25 ( #443,421 of 2,462,044 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #298,852 of 2,462,044 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes