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).


Royce's Legacy - A Conference in Honor of Frank Oppenheim

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Officers and Board

President: Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University

Vice President: Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield

Secretary: Kim Garchar, Kent State University

Treasurer: Michael Brodrick, Miami University of Ohio

At-Large Representatives:

Tanya Jeffcoat, University of the Ozarks
Kevin Harrelson, Ball State University
André de Tienne, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University (Communications Director)

Distinguished At-Large Representative:

  Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

Fellows (Past Presidents):

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


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


Royce. California, and the World Conference Schedule



Royce, California, and the World



Friday, August 16


12:00 – 1:30 REGISTRATION

Foyer Outside Arletta Douglas Room


12:30 – 1:20
Room A

Chair: Randall Auxier, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

— “Royce’s Problem with Sin: Morbid Obsession or Moral Insight?”
Bette Manter, Curry College


1:30 – 2:45 
Room A

— “On the Secularization of Sin, from Royce to Rawls”
Martin Woessner, City College of New York, CUNY

— “A Beloved Community of Traitors”
Benjamin Craig, Land of Lincoln College

Commentator: Scott L. Pratt, University of Oregon

Room B

— “Josiah Royce on Imagination”
J.L. Roche, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

— “How Provincial Is Wise Provincialism, and How Wise?”
Myron Jackson, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Commentator: Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University

3:00 – 4:45 
Room A

— “The Transitional Importance of Loyalty in the Philosophy of Josiah Royce”
Dave Rodick, Xavier University (Cincinnati)


— “Josiah Royce’s Influence on Charles Sanders Peirce”
David E. Pfeifer, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Commentator: Randall Auxier, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Room B

— “Loyalty and Immigration”
David K. Glidden, University of California, Riverside

— “‘All this tale is one disgrace to our people’: Royce’s California as an Exercise of Guilty Identity,”
Kevin Harrelson, Ball State University

Commentator: Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield

5:00 - 6:15 Book Signing and Readings


Booktown Books, 107 Bank Street

Officiating: Iven Lourie

(First time in print, Pussy Blackie’s Travels, by Josiah Royce)

6:30 BANQUET GATHERING
6:30-7:30 Holbrooke Hotel, Arletta Douglas Room


Officiating: Randall Auxier
Welcome and Recognition, Robin Wallace
Introduction of Speaker, Scott L. Pratt


“Grass Valley to the Great Community”

Jacquelyn A. K. Kegley

CSU Outstanding Professor; Wang Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research and Service; Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies, California State University, Bakersfield


7:30 Dinner

Saturday, August 17


9:00 – 11:00 REGISTRATION 
Foyer Outside Arletta Douglas Room

8:30 – 9:20

— “Social Division and the Healing Power of the Ethics of Community”
Olav Bryant Smith, California State University, Chico

9:30 – 10:20

— “Royce’s Philosophy of Evil, Loyalty, Sorrow, and Atonement, in Response to Probable Ecological Devastation”
Robert McDermott, California Institute of Integral Studies
10:30 – 11:20 

— “Between or Beyond the ‘Abyss of Abstract Conception’ and the ‘Heaven of Glittering Immediacy’: Did Royce Pull It Off?”
Lucio Privitello, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
11:30 – 12:20 

— “A Deweyan Inspired Roycean Idealism”
Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University (Michigan)


Afternoon Free: Tour of Grass Valley sponsored by Nevada County Historical Society

4:30-6:00 RECEPTION
Grass Valley Library, Royce Branch


6:00 BANQUET GATHERING
151 Union Square


Officiating: Dwayne A. Tunstall
Welcome and Recognition, Iven Lourie
Introduction of Speaker, Jacquelyn A. K. Kegley


“Josiah Royce and the Renewal of the United States: A Challenge to the Royce Community”

Kevin Starr, University Professor of History, Univ. of Southern California; California State Librarian, Emeritus


7:15 Dinner*

Sunday, August 18


8:30 – 9:20

— “Building the Great Community: Assessing Royce’s International Conflict Insurance Proposal in Light of the Collective Security Ideal of the League of Nations and the UN”

Marc Anderson, Montreal, Quebec Canada

9:30 – 10:20 

— “From Provincialism to Bioregionalism: Place and the Saving Community”

Kelvin J. Booth, Thompson Rivers University

10:30 – 11:20

— “There’s Something (Someone) in Between

William Elkins, Drew University

11:30 – 12:20 

— “Royce as Psychologist: A Forgotten Aspect of His Thought”
Jacquelyn A.K. Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield


12:20 – 2:00 Lunch (On one’s own)

2:00 “Beyond Our Mountains,” a reading of a play in two acts*

by Robin A. Wallace

directed by Dinah Smith




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*For persons not attending the banquet, there will be a special presentation of “Beyond Our Mountains” on Saturday evening, August 15 at 7:30, open to the public Arletta Douglas Room, Holbrooke Hotel, $10 at the door. (Both performances open to the public.)

Posted August 15th, 2013


Royce, California, and the World Conference Update

The Royce, California, and the World Conference, to be held at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, CA August 16-18, is now open for registration online via PayPal. There is also a form available to download and print for registration via mail. Further information to come.

http://www.roycesociety.org/Meetings/2013-California/RCWConference.html

Posted July 1st, 2013


CFP: Royce Society at 2014 SAAP



The Josiah Royce Society Session at the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, to take place March 6-8, 2014, in Denver, CO.

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

The word limit is 3000 words, and the abstract should be no shorter than 250 words.

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

Prospective presenters/commentators are asked to email Tanya Jeffcoat at tjeffcoat@ozarks.edu

Deadline: November 1, 2013

Notification regarding submission status will be made before December 15, 2013.

Posted June 22nd, 2013



CFP for "Science, Religion, and Philosophy: A Commemoration of the World's Parliament of Religions"

"In keeping with one of the themes of the World’s Parliament of Religions, Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in collaboration with the Hegeler-Carus Foundation invite papers that address any aspect of the relationship between science and religion."

Submissions Deadline is 06/31

Details here:
http://www.spep.org/papers/science-religion-and-philosophy-a-commemoration-of-the-worlds-parliament-of-religions-september-13-15-2013/

Posted May 30th, 2013


SAAP 2014 CFP

The 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy will be in Denver, March 6-8, 2014. The Call for Papers is available here, with a submission deadline of September 1, 2013. The conference theme is American Philosophy's Borders: Dialogues and Debates

Posted May 17th, 2013


Reminder: Royce, California, and the World conference deadline is 06/01

Please send anonymized papers of between 2000 and 3000 words in Microsoft Word format to:


The program committee has special interest in papers on The Problem of Christianity and Royce's life in, and reflections on, California.

www.roycesociety.org/Meetings/2013-California/RCWConference.html

Posted May 16th, 2013


Reminder: CFP for JRS panel at 2013 Eastern APA



Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place December 27-30, 2013, in Baltimore, MD at the Marriott Waterfront

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

Papers should be able to be read in 25-30 minutes (around 3000-3500 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/commentators are asked to email Mathew Foust at: mfoust@lander.edu

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Notification regarding submission status will be made before May 31, 2013.

Posted April 18th, 2013


New Center for Royce Studies in Italy


Announcing the inauguration of an Italian Josiah Royce Studies Center, in collaboration with the Peirce Studies Center based at the University of Milan:

http://www.josiahroycecentrostudi.it/

https://www.facebook.com/CentroStudiJosiahRoyce

Posted March 30th, 2013


Call for Papers - JRS at 2014 Pacific APA




Josiah Royce Society Session at Pacific APA, to take place April 14-19, 2014, in San Diego, CA

This session will include two or three paper presentations and brief commentary on each presentation.
Papers should be able to be read in 25-30 minutes (around 3000-3500 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/commentators are asked to e-mail Jackie Kegley at: jkegley@csub.edu 

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Notification regarding submission status will be made before February 1, 2014.

Posted March 21st, 2013


JRS at 2013 Eastern APA


Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place December 27-30, 2013, in Baltimore, MD at the Marriott Waterfront

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

Papers should be able to be read in 25-30 minutes (around 3000-3500 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/commentators are asked to email Mathew Foust at: mfoust@lander.edu

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Notification regarding submission status will be made before May 31, 2013.

Posted March 15th, 2013



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