Josiah Royce and C.I. Lewis: Teacher and Student with Many Shared Affinities

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 52 (2):220 (2016)
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In this centennial year of the death of Josiah Royce it is appropriate to explore the lines of influence between Royce as a teacher and one of his students, C.I. Lewis. First, Lewis himself acknowledged an affinity between his ‘conceptual pragmatism’ and Royce’s ‘absolute pragmatism’. Secondly, Lewis also acknowledged Royce’s influence in terms of his explorations of alternative logics. Thirdly, Lewis was called the “most influential American thinker of his generation” and a link between the philosophers of the classic period of the Harvard philosophy department and those of the second half of the twentieth century. This suggests an exploration of Royce’s influence forward into...



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