(18551916). B. Grass Valley, California; taught philos. at Harvard U., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 18821916; influenced by W. James.* Exponent of absolute* indealism; emphasized individuality and will; ultimate reality is the career of the absolute mind, of which human minds are fragmentary manifestations; perfection of the absolute includes victory over sin and suffering; though involved in process, the absolute grasps past, present, and future in a single act; virtue springs from loyalty that manifests itself in community. Royce's concept of a beloved and redemptive community influenced theol. descriptions of the ch. Works include The Spirit of Modern Philosophy; The World and the Individual; The Sources of Religious Insight; The Problem of Christianity; The Hope of the Great Community.
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