The Josiah Royce Society

Josiah Royce in 1914

The Josiah Royce Society was established in 2003 to encourage the study of the life and work of the American philosopher Josiah Royce (1855-1916).


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Officers and Board

President: Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield 

Vice President: Michael Brodrick, Miami University of Ohio

Secretary: Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University

Treasurer: Tanya Jeffcoat, University of Central Arkansas

At-Large Representatives:

Kara Barnette, Westminster College

John Kaag, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

David Pfeifer, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

David Rodick, Xavier University

Distinguished At-Large Representative:

 Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

Fellows (Past Presidents):

Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University

Scott L. Pratt, University of Oregon

Griffin Trotter, St. Louis University

Frank M. Oppenheim, S.J., Xavier University

John J. McDermott, Texas A & M University

Kelly A. Parker, Grand Valley State University


Portrait, 1914, from the Josiah Royce Collection  
Ms. 29, Special Collections  
The Milton S. Eisenhower Library of  
The Johns Hopkins University  
High Resolution Scan of Image  

News


Call for Submissions!

The Pluralist Honors the 100th Anniversary of the Death of American Philosopher Josiah Royce

The Josiah Royce Society, in cooperation with The Pluralist, invites submissions for a special 2016 issue of the journal honoring the life and thought of Josiah Royce (1855-1916).

Submissions may address any topic related to Royce but must make substantial use of the work of recent Royce scholars and explore or extend their ideas. As a rule, recent scholars are those who wrote within the past 50 years.

This call for submissions is open to scholars at any stage of their academic career, from graduate students to senior faculty members, and is also open to independent scholars.

Submissions should be no less than 3,000 words in length and not longer than 8,000 words. Please prepare your submission for blind review.

Submissions should be e-mailed to Prof. Michael Brodrick (michael.brodrick@gmail.com) by January 1, 2016.


Posted April 4th, 2015


CFP - Royce Society at 2016 APA Eastern

Call for papers/abstracts for a Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place January 6th-9th, 2016, in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and brief commentary on each presentation. Topics are open to anything related to the thought of Josiah Royce.

Papers should be able to be read in 20-25 minutes (around 2500-3000 words). If submitting an abstract, it should be no shorter than 250 words.

Please prepare your paper or abstract for anonymous review, and attach a separate document with the paper title, author name, and contact information.

Prospective presenters are asked to email their proposals to Daniel Brunson at danieljamesbrunson@gmail.com

Deadline: May 11th, 2015

Notification regarding submission status will be made by June 1st, 2015.

Posted March 18th, 2015


CFP - Royce Centennial Issue of Transactions

Call For Papers

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Royce Centennial Issue

In honor of the centennial of Josiah Royce’s death, the Josiah Royce Society and The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society would like to announce a call for submissions for a special issue devoted to Royce to be published in 2016.

We welcome any high-quality scholarship on Royce’s thought, but are especially interested in historical and philosophical work on both under-studied influences on Royce and his own hidden influence on the twentieth century. Some possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Reexaminations of Royce’s studies in Germany and at Johns Hopkins, as well as his years teaching at Berkeley 
  • Royce’s interest in Asian philosophies 
  • Reconsideration of Royce’s engagement with other classical pragmatists 
  • Reassessments of papers in The Philosophical Review (25.3 1916) issue devoted to Royce 
  • Royce’s role in bringing attention to the work of Friedrich Nietzsche 
  • Royce’s engagement with Continental phenomenology, and comparisons of his work with the British Idealists 
  • Royce’s influence on his students, such as W.E.B. DuBois, C.I. Lewis., and George Santayana 
  • Royce’s concept of the “Beloved Community” and its adaption by Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Royce’s work as an historian, novelist, and psychologist 

Please submit manuscripts of no more than 7500 words to danieljamesbrunson@gmail.com by September 1st, 2015. All manuscripts should be in a Word-compatible format and anonymized, with a separate cover letter containing the paper’s title, author’s name and contact information, and an abstract of between 100 and 150 words.

Posted March 16th, 2015


Launch of the Royce Edition website


Via David Pfeifer, Director of the Josiah Royce Critical Edition:


I am pleased to announce that the Royce Edition has an active website:

royce-edition.iupui.edu

This website has a critically edited version of The Sources of Religious Insight, the Frank Oppenheim index of Royce’s papers, an extensive bibliography, and much more.

Corrections, suggestions, and comments can be sent to

roycece@iupui.edu


Posted March 11th, 2015


Announcement: Call for Nominations for Communications Director


The Josiah Royce Society welcomes nominations, including self-nominations, for the position of Communications Director. One nominee will be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Executive Board to be the Communications Director. The person who is appointed to be the Communications Director will serve a two-year term, but may serve an unlimited number of terms. Here is a list of responsibilities and tasks to be performed by the Communications Director:

  • Report to the Secretary 
  • Responsible for encouraging the publication of research related to the work and legacy of Royce, especially by cultivating relationships with extant journals and presses that would be receptive to publishing work by and about Royce 
  • Manage the Society’s website, Facebook group, e-mail listserv, and other communications outlets. 
  • May be asked to assist Secretary in the development and/or distribution of an annual newsletter based on the Society’s activities. 

Please submit nominations to Dwayne Tunstall, President of the Josiah Royce Society, at tunstald@gvsu.edu, no later than February 28, 2015.

Posted January 24th, 2015


JRS at the APA-Central (02/18-02/21)

Josiah Royce Society Session at the Central APA
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri
February 18-21, 2015

Panel GV-9. Friday, 02/20, 07:00-10:00 PM

Chair: Tanya Jeffcoat (University of Central Arkansas)

Speaker: Gregory Singleton (Northeastern Illinois University)
"The Problem of Christianity as a Blueprint for a De-Institutionalized Church''

Speaker: Aaron Pratt (Emory University)
"Josiah Royce's Religious Insight: Or, Why We Still Need the Absolute"

Speaker: Dwight Welch (University of Oklahoma)
“Josiah Royce’s Translation Project and Its Impact on Religious Language”

Commentator: Tanya Jeffcoat (University of Central Arkansas)

Posted October 22nd, 2014


Reminder: CFP for Royce Society Session at the Central APA

Just a gentle reminder:
Call for papers/abstracts for the Josiah Royce Society Session at the Central APA, to take place at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri, February 18-21, 2015.
This session will include two or three paper presentations and brief commentary on each presentation.
Papers should be able to be read in 20-25 minutes (around 2500-3000 words). If submitting an abstract, it should be no shorter than 250 words.
Please prepare your paper or abstract for blind review. Attach a separate document with the paper title, author name, affiliation, and contact information (email and phone number).
Prospective presenters are asked to email Tanya Jeffcoat at tjeffcoat@uca.edu
Deadline: September 10, 2014

Posted September 5th, 2014


CFP: Royce Society at 2015 APA-Central

Call for papers/abstracts for the Josiah Royce Society Session at the Central APA, to take place at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri, February 18-21, 2015. This session will include two or three paper presentations and brief commentary on each presentation.

Papers should be able to be read in 20-25 minutes (around 2500-3000 words). If submitting an abstract, it should be no shorter than 250 words.

Please prepare your paper or abstract for blind review. Attach a separate document with the paper title, author name, affiliation, and contact information (email and phone number).

Prospective presenters are asked to email Tanya Jeffcoat at tjeffcoat@uca.edu

Deadline: September 10, 2014

Posted July 3rd, 2014



SAAP 2015 Call for Papers

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy cordially invites the submission of papers and proposals for its 42nd annual meeting, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The theme of the conference is "Sustainability" from a broad perspective and might for example include papers that address environmental justice, environmental philosophy (e.g., environmental ethics, environmental aesthetics, and ecofeminism), political ecology, and social issues such as education and gender justice. Papers in all areas of American Philosophy are welcome.

Submission Deadline: 09/01/2014

http://american-philosophy.org/events/documents/SAAP_CFP_2015.pdf

Posted June 14th, 2014


Call for JRS panel organizers

Dear Members and Friends of the Josiah Royce Society:

On behalf of the Josiah Royce Society, I invite you to volunteer to organize one of the group sessions sponsored by the Josiah Royce Society at the APA Division Meetings. More specifically, I invite you to volunteer to organize either the 2015 APA Central Division Meeting or the 2015 APA Pacific Division Meeting. The 2015 Central Division  Meeting will be held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark (St. Louis, MO) on February 18 – February 21, 2015.  The 2015 Pacific Division Meeting will be held at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) on April 1 – April 5, 2015.

If you are interested in organizing either the 2015 Central Division Meeting or 2015 Pacific Division Meeting, please contact me, Dwayne Tunstall, attunstald@gvsu.edu by June 1, 2014. I’ll provide volunteers with more detailed information about organizing the sessions after June 1, 2014.

Dwayne Tunstall
President, Josiah Royce Society

Posted May 7th, 2014


Reminder: JRS at 2014 E-APA Call for Proposals

Reminder: Call for papers/abstracts

Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place December 27-30, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA, at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and brief commentary on each presentation.

Papers should be able to be read in 20-25 minutes (around 2500-3000 words). If submitting an abstract, it should be no shorter than 250 words.
Please prepare your paper or abstract for blind review. Attach a separate document with the paper title, author name, affiliation, and contact information (email and phone number).

Prospective presenters are asked to email Daniel Brunson at danieljamesbrunson@gmail.com

Deadline: May 23, 2014

Posted April 30th, 2014


Royce Critical Edition Announcement

It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Robert A. McDermott has accepted the invitation of the Board for the Royce Critical Edition to serve as General Editor for that Edition.

Robert is professor of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  He received his PhD from Boston University and is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy at Baruch College (CUNY).  He has served as secretary of the American Academy of Religion and secretary-treasurer of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.  He is also President Emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies.  His publications include Radhakrishnan (1970); The Essential Arobindo (1971) and  The Essential Steiner (1984).  We look forward to Robert's clear and steady leadership in the coming years.

Jacquelyn Ann Kegley, President, The Royce Critical Edition Board

Posted April 7th, 2014


JRS Session at 2014 Eastern APA Call for Presenters

Call for papers/abstracts 

Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place December 27-30, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA, at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and brief commentary on each presentation.

Papers should be able to be read in 20-25 minutes (around 2500-3000 words). If submitting an abstract, it should be no shorter than 250 words.

Please prepare your paper or abstract for blind review.  Attach a separate document with the paper title, author name, affiliation, and contact information (email and phone number).

Prospective presenters are asked to email Daniel Brunson at danieljamesbrunson@gmail.com

Deadline: May 23, 2014

Notification regarding submission status will be made before June 20, 2014.

Posted April 4th, 2014


Josiah Royce’s Philosophy
Learn the Philosophy of Grass Valley’s Native Son


A series of FREE public lectures on all the central topics of Royce’s thought, in eight evenings.


March 10: Royce and California
March11: Royce’s Biography
March 12: Royce’s Method
March13: Royce on Knowledge     
March17: Royce’s Metaphysics
March18: Royce on Community
March19: Royce’s Ethics and Politics
March 20: Royce on Religion


All sessions, 7:00-8:30 PM
Sierra College, Grass Valley Campus Building N6
room 101 (March 10-12, 17-19), Room 204 (March 13 & 20)
250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945




No reservation required. Attend one, several, or all.
No prior knowledge of Royce is assumed for any evening.


For information, visit the Facebook event page by search “Josiah Royce” or: https://www.facebook.com/events/228112377376211/


Sponsored by the Josiah Royce Society: www.roycesociety.org

Posted February 26th, 2014


Updates to Royce's Legacy: Honoring Oppenheim Conference

Please see the conference webpage for a letter to attendees from organizer David Rodick, as well as the conference program.

http://www.roycesociety.org/Meetings/2014-Ohio/RLHOConference.html

Posted February 22nd, 2014


Royce Critical Edition News

Dear Colleagues in the Royce Community,

I am sharing the announcement below with those of you most involved with the work on the philosophy of Josiah Royce- it concerns the stepping down by Randy Auxier from the General Editorship of the Royce Critical Edition.

"Randy Auxier was one of the initiators of the Josiah Royce Critical Edition and became its General Editor.  He was the organizing force behind the very successful Grass Valley world conference on Royce. His latest book, Time, Will and Purpose: Living Ideas from the Philosophy of Josiah Royce, was just published by Open Court Press.  He will be returning to Grass Valley in spring 2014 to give lectures on Royce.  Randy is a positive presence in Royce scholarship and his work on behalf of this endeavor is much appreciated.  Randy has informed the Royce Critical Edition Board that he wishes to step down from his position as General Editor.  The board voted recently to accept this decision.  We are all most grateful for his service and look forward to his continued work on Royce and on the future of scholarship on Royce and on philosophy in general.  A selection committee for the General Editor of the Royce Critical Edition is being formed and announcements
about the future of the edition will be forthcoming."

Thank all of you for your continued interest in and work on behalf of the philosophy of Josiah Royce.

Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, Chair
Royce Critical Edition Board

Posted January 17th, 2014


Final CFP: Honoring Royce's Legacy Conference

Royce's Legacy: A Conference in Honor of Rev. Frank Oppenheim, SJ
April 4-6, 2014
Xavier University, Cincinnati OH

The Josiah Royce Society now invites submissions to this special meeting in honor of Frank Oppenheim. We welcome papers on any aspect of Royce’s philosophy, but we especially encourage papers that deal explicitly with Oppenheim’s contributions to Royce scholarship and to American philosophy.

Please send c. 500 word abstracts, or full papers of up to 3000 words, to Kevin Harrelson (philocfp@bsu.edu) by February 1, 2014.

For more information on the conference:
http://www.roycesociety.org/Meetings/2014-Ohio/RLHOConference.html

Posted January 7th, 2014


Oppenheim Conference Registration Open

Conference registration is now open 

Royce's Legacy - A Conference in Honor of Frank Oppenheim 
April 4-6
Xavier University, Cincinnati 

http://www.roycesociety.org/Meetings/2014-Ohio/RLHOConference.html

Posted December 6th, 2013


158 Years of Josiah Royce

"[A community of memory] is any group of persons who individually either remember or commemorate the same dead, - each one finding, because of personal affection or of reverence for the dead, that those whom he commemorates form for him part of his own past existence."
-Josiah Royce, born November 20th, 1855.

Posted November 20th, 2013


CFP: Royce's Legacy - a Conference in Honor of Rev. Frank Oppenheim, SJ

Call For Papers: Josiah Royce Society
Royce's Legacy: A Conference in Honor of Rev. Frank Oppenheim, SJ
April 4-6, Xavier University Cincinnati

In recent years the work of Josiah Royce has drawn increased attention from scholars and thinkers all over the world. Since its formation in 2003, the Josiah Royce Society has promoted scholarly activities related to Royce’s ideas in a far-ranging series of national and international conferences. In recognition of the fact that this recent revival of Royce’s philosophy is due largely to the exemplary work of Frank Oppenheim, the Royce Society has decided to honor Oppenheim with a conference at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he taught from 1961-2003.

We now invite submissions to this special meeting in honor of Frank Oppenheim. We welcome papers on any aspect of Royce’s philosophy, but we especially encourage papers that deal explicitly with Oppenheim’s contributions to Royce scholarship and to American philosophy.

Please send submissions of 3000 words or less to Kevin Harrelson (philocfp@bsu.edu) by February 1, 2014.

Frank Oppenheim was born in Coldwater, Ohio, in 1925 and studied at Xavier, Loyola, and Saint Louis Universities. He is author of four books on Josiah Royce’s philosophy, the most recent of which (Reverence for the Relations of Life: Re-imagining Pragmatism via Josiah Royce's Interactions with Peirce, James and Dewey) was published in 2004.

http://philevents.org/event/show/11765

Posted September 24th, 2013


JRS at the 2014 Pacific APA

[Specific date and time TBD]

Royce and Agnotology: Loyalty, Community, and Interpretation

Chair:  Jacquelyn Kegley (California State University, Bakersfield)
        
Papers:

Russell J. Duvernoy (University of Oregon)
"Community and Interpretation: Josiah Royce and Epistemologies of Ignorance"

Jon LaRochelle (University of Oregon)
"Royce's Loyalty and the Problem of Value Ignorance"

Dr. Kara Barnette (Westminster College)
"Error, Ignorance, and Interpretation"

Trey Hodges (University of Oregon)
“Religious Loyalty and the Good: Willful Ignorance as a Foundation for an Ethics in Royce”

Posted September 15th, 2013


JRS at the 2013 Eastern APA

Sunday, 12/29, 11:15 AM - -1:15 PM

GVIII-5. Josiah Royce Society
Topic: Loyalty and War

Chair: Mathew A. Foust (Central Connecticut State University)

Speakers:

William W. Elkins (Drew University)
“Josiah Royce, Robert R. Lee, and the Lost Cause of Loyalty”

Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University)
“The Virtue of Insurance: Loyalty to Loyalty in a Special Community of Interpretation”

Commentator: Mathew A. Foust (Central Connecticut State University)

Posted September 15th, 2013


2013 Costello Prize

Jennifer L. Roche (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) received the Harry Todd Costello Prize for her presentation at the Royce, California, and the World Conference entitled "Josiah Royce on Imagination."

Posted August 20th, 2013


Josiah Royce's Final Written Words

"So long as love and memory and record and monument keep the thought of our dead near to our lives and hearts, so long as ... the spirit of brotherhood enables us to prize what we owe to those who have lived and died for us, the cult of the dead will be an unfailing source to us of new and genuinely religious life."

http://chronicle.com/article/Philosophys-Loss/141119/?cid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en

Posted August 19th, 2013


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