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


Royceans, Place Your Work in The Pluralist!

Do you have a work in progress dealing with Josiah Royce and his recent interpreters/critics? If so, The Pluralist would love to consider your finished product for publication in a special issue honoring the 100th anniversary of the philosopher's death in 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 careers, from graduate students to senior faculty members; it 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 michael.brodrick@gmail.com by January 1, 2016. 

***If you plan to submit a paper, please let us know ASAP by dropping an e-mail to the above address. Knowing how many submissions to expect helps us plan a superior issue.

Posted July 17th, 2015


CFP - Royce Society at 2016 Central APA



Call for papers/abstracts for a Josiah Royce Society Session at the Central APA, to take place March 2-5, 2016, in Chicago, IL, at the Palmer House Hilton.

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 Gregory Singleton at 
roc1940 AT gmail.com


Deadline: July 20th, 2015

Notification regarding submission status will be made by August 3rd, 2015

Posted May 27th, 2015


A Talk by Professor Randall Auxier!

The Josiah Royce Society
Nevada County chapter

Presents

"Between Heaven and Earth:
The Progress of the Beloved Community."

A talk by Professor Randall Auxier
Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University

The talk will be about the religious background of Josiah Royce's family and how it affected his thought, specifically the utopian ideas in the part of New York they came from before journeying to California. These ideas will be explored and compared with John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim's Progress” and formed the roots of the idea of beloved community in Royce’s works.

Monday June 8th2015 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church
235 S. Church Street, Grass Valley, CA

The Josiah Royce Society was established in 2003 to encourage the study of the life and work of the American philosopher Josiah Royce. He was born in Grass Valley in 1855. He died in Cambridge, MA,  in 1916 after an illustrious career as Harvard professor and international speaker. 

“Our fellows are known to be real and have their inner life, because they are for each of us, the endless treasury of more ideas.  They answer our questions, they tell us news, they make comments, they pass judgments, they express novel combinations of feelings and they relate to us stories, they argue with us, and take counsel with us…Our fellows furnish us with the constantly needed supplement to our own fragmentary meaning.”

JOSIAH ROYCE, The World and the Individual, II
                                                                        (written in 1899 and 1901)

For further information:
                       
Robin Wallace--530/265-9397
Iven Lourie--530/277-5380 (cell)


Posted May 19th, 2015


JRS at 2016 Eastern APA - Deadline Extension

DEADLINE EXTENDED to MAY 27th

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


Notification regarding submission status will be made by June 3rd, 2015

Posted May 8th, 2015


CFP: 13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERSONS

13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERSONS
Aug. 3rd to Aug. 7th, 2015
Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

CALL FOR PAPERS

Papers in any area or discipline are welcome, so long as their themes are of concern to the ideas and concepts of persons, personhood, and personality as a philosophical, theological, psychological, social, political, historical, creative or linguistic concern.

Papers must not exceed a length of 3000 words and should be prepared for anonymous review.

In the e-mail sent with the submission, we require the following eight items:
1. word count -3000 words maximum
2. author’s name
3. academic status (professor, unaffiliated, graduate student)
4. institutional affiliation (if any)
5. mailing address
6. e-mail address
7. the paper s title
8. an abstract -200 words maximum

Submission deadline for abstracts is MAY 25th, 2015. Abstracts will be accepted on that date, with full texts of paper due by July 1.

Submissions which do not include items 2-8 (if only abstract is being submitted) will be disqualified. Word count is due when full paper is submitted. No more than one submission by the same author will be considered.

Email as an attachment a copy of your paper and/or abstract in rich text format to:

Papers and/or abstracts will be reviewed by a committee. Notification of acceptance will be made via email in early June.

COMMENTATORS

Each paper will have a commentator. Those interested in commenting should send a note to PersonsConference2015@gmail.com by May 25th detailing availability and areas of interest. Persons whose papers are accepted will be expected to serve as commentators, if asked.

Copies of papers will be available by July 1st. E-mails of authors will also be available for purposes of sending your commentary in advance of the conference.

CONFERECE WEBSITE:
For updates and information, visit our website: http://bostonicp2015.com/



CONFERENCE HOUSING
Lodging will be at the Boston Common Hotel at the rate of $169 per night (plus tax), which is very affordable by Boston standards and is within easy reach of Boston University. When making reservations, mention the International Conference on Persons to get the conference rate. Space is limited, so it is best to reserve early. http://bostoncommonhotel.com/  617-933-7700, or you can reserve your room through the hotel website by clicking the “BOOK NOW” tab on the hotel’s main page. It will ask for the dates. Please fill in August 3 through 7 (even if you plan to stay longer). It will direct you to a list. Choose the room that fits your needs. The next page will be for advance payment –it is non-refundable. In the “Special Requests” box on that page, fill in that you are attending the International Conference on Persons, and if you need days apart from August 3-7, put that information there. You will be contacted for further adjustment of the reservation.

We have also reserve a block of rooms at Boston University. These are suites of four single rooms (each with one single bed) connected by a common area, with limited kitchen facilities, and available for $67 per person per night. This option will make sense for those who are traveling alone and on a limited budget. If two are traveling together they would have to sleep in separate rooms, share a bathroom, and pay $67 each (i.e., $134 together), and this means the hotel will probably be the more attractive option. But for those traveling alone with a limited budget, the BU apartment style dormitory is the best option. For this option, send an e-mail to the conference e-mail address with the word “accommodations” in the subject line and you will be contacted from there.

For overflow, or for those who want something a little bit snazzier, we recommend The Boxer Hotel. http://theboxerboston.com/. It is located on the Green Line of the Boston T and is a straight and easy ride to Boston University. There is no special conference rate, but the rates are very reasonable by Boston standards (starting at about $216 per night), and they are aware that we are referring people as overflow for the conference.


The Conference will begin with Registration from noon on Mon. August 3rd.  Further details about meals, schedules, and Conference fees will be provided as they become available.


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Posted April 24th, 2015


Call for Papers: Journal of Speculative Philosophy Royce Centennial Issue

Call for Papers
Journal of Speculative Philosophy
Special issue on the work of Josiah Royce

The works of Josiah Royce have never enjoyed the same level of attention as those of his peers. Yet, a century after his death, Royce’s unique theories about community, inquiry, and loyalty are enjoying unprecedented attention in the American philosophical community. It seems that these theories have much to offer in an increasingly interconnected global community that’s daily redefining how people relate to one another. However, Royce’s works never envisioned the structures of power and identity at the foundation of contemporary scholarship.

Now, in honor of the centennial anniversary of Royce’s death, the Journal of Speculative Philosophy invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to the theme “Re-Imagining Royce for the Next Century.” Submissions may address how some aspect of Royce’s philosophies relates to, or must be read differently in light of, contemporary theories about race, gender, power, privilege, and oppression. Other topics of interest include how Royce’s work could operate in a global context where issues like climate change, economic development, health epidemics, and the internet provide new opportunities for and barriers to building and expanding communities.

This call for submissions is open to scholars at any stage of their academic career, from graduate students to established scholars. Submissions should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length.


Submissions should be emailed to kbarnette@westminstercollege.edu by January 15, 2016. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review. 

Posted April 20th, 2015


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


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