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).



The Society is sad to announce that Kevin Starr, renowned historian of California and friend of the Society, has passed away at the age of 76. 

Los Angeles Times Obituary

Starr's Keynote from our Royce, California, and the World Conference


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

Past News, Meetings and Papers

Research Materials

Royce Society Prizes

Constitution and Bylaws

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Officers and Board

President: Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield 

Vice President: Michael Brodrick, Arkansas Tech University 

Secretary: Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University

Treasurer: Tanya Jeffcoat, University of Central Arkansas

At-Large Representatives:

Fellows (Past Presidents):

Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University

Scott L. Pratt, University of Oregon

Griffin Trotter, St. Louis University

Kelly A. Parker, Grand Valley State University

John J. McDermott, Texas A & M University

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

Former Distinguished At-Large Representative:

Hilary Putnam, Harvard University (1926-2016)


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


Deadline Extended - JRS at 2018 Eastern APA

Deadline Extended!

Call for papers/abstracts for Josiah Royce Society Sessions at the 2018 Eastern APA, to be held 01/03-01/06 in Savannah, GA.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and possibly 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 by June 30th, 2017.

Notification regarding submission status will be made by July 7th, 2017.

Posted June 5th, 2017


CFP for 2018 Central APA

Call for papers/abstracts for Josiah Royce Society Sessions at the 2018 Central APA, to be held 02/21-02/24 in Chicago, IL.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and possibly 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 David Pfeifer at depfeife@iupui.edu by September 1st, 2017.
Notification regarding submission status will be made by September 15th, 2017.

Posted May 16th, 2017


Call for Papers---Deadline Extended!

Special issue of The Pluralist dedicated to the legacy of Frank M. Oppenheim, SJ

The Josiah Royce Society in partnership with The Pluralist invites submissions that make substantial use of Oppenheim’s scholarly work and/or substantively address his legacy as a Royce scholar.

Submissions should be approximately 6,000- 8,000 words and prepared for blind review. Please e-mail your submission to michael.brodrick@gmail.com by August 1, 2017. The best submissions will be published in the journal next year.


Posted May 11th, 2017


Call for Proposals - 2018 Eastern APA

Call for papers/abstracts for Josiah Royce Society Sessions at the 2018 Eastern APA, to be held 01/03-01/06 in Savannah, GA.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and possibly 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 AT gmail.com by June 15th, 2017.
Notification regarding submission status will be made by July 1st, 2017.

Posted May 8th, 2017


Please join us at Central APA!

Friday, March 3, 7:00-10:00 PM

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel
At Crown Center
Kansas City, MO

Topic:

Revisiting Royce's The Spirit of Modern Philosophy

Speakers:

Robin Friedman (Independent Scholar)
"Royce, History, and the Nature of Philosophy"

Jacquelyn A. Kegley (California State University Bakersfield)
"Doing Philosophy Today: Lessons from Royce's Spirit of Modern Philosophy"

Kevin Harrelson (Ball State University)
"Appreciation as Historical Knowledge" 

Posted February 5th, 2017


Request for Session Chair


The Royce Society is in search of a Chair for its Central APA session, which is scheduled for 7:00- 10:00 PM on Friday, March 3 in Kansas City, MO. If you are planning to attend Central APA and would not mind serving as Chair of the Royce session, please let us know by writing an e-mail to:  michael.brodrick AT gmail.com.

Posted January 30th, 2017


Call for Papers!

Call for Papers!

Special issue of The Pluralist dedicated to the legacy of Frank M. Oppenheim, SJ



One can hardly study Josiah Royce without coming across and benefiting from the scholarship of Frank M. Oppenheim, and generations of Royce scholars have been recipients of Oppenheim’s brilliant mentoring.

The Josiah Royce Society in partnership with The Pluralist invites submissions that make substantial use of Oppenheim’s scholarly work and/or substantively address his legacy as a Royce scholar.

Submissions should be approximately 6,000- 8,000 words and prepared for bind review. Please e-mail your submission to michael.brodrick AT gmail.com by May 1, 2017. The best submissions will be published in the journal next year.

Posted January 25th, 2017


JRS at 2017 SAAP - Deadline Extended

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The Josiah Royce Society (JRS) proudly announces a special session to be held during the annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy, March 16-18, 2017. The session commemorates the centennial of Royce’s death in 1916.

JRS invites submissions from graduate students and junior faculty members not more than five years out of graduate school. Submissions may address any aspect of Royce’s thought and should not be longer than 3,000 words, exclusive of notes
.
Submissions should be prepared for blind review and e-mailed to Prof. Michael Brodrick (michael.brodrick AT gmail.com) by 11:55 PM on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016.

Show your support for Royce by submitting a paper. We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted November 21st, 2016


REMINDER: CFP for Royce Society Panel at 2017 SAAP

Josiah Royce Society

Centennial Session

Society for Advancement of American Philosophy

44th Annual Meeting

March 16-18

Birmingham, AL

The Josiah Royce Society (JRS) proudly announces a special session to be held during the annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy, March 16-18, 2017. The session commemorates the centennial of the philosopher’s death in 1916.

JRS invites submissions from graduate students and junior faculty members not more than five years out of graduate school. Submissions may address any aspect of Royce’s thought and should not be longer than 3,000 words, exclusive of notes. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and e-mailed to Prof. Michael Brodrick ( michael.brodrick AT gmail.com ) by 11:55 PM on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Show your support for Royce by submitting a paper. We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted October 28th, 2016



Call for Papers!

Josiah Royce Society

Centennial Session

Society for Advancement of American Philosophy

44th Annual Meeting

March 16-18

Birmingham, AL

The Josiah Royce Society (JRS) proudly announces a special session to be held during the annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy, March 16-18, 2017. The session commemorates the centennial of the philosopher’s death in 1916.

JRS invites submissions from graduate students and junior faculty members not more than five years out of graduate school. Submissions may address any aspect of Royce’s thought and should not be longer than 3,000 words, exclusive of notes. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and e-mailed to Prof. Michael Brodrick ( michael.brodrick@gmail.com ) by 11:55 PM on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Show your support for Royce by submitting a paper. We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted September 7th, 2016


JRS at 2017 Eastern APA

DEADLINE EXTENDED 05/27/2016

Call for papers/abstracts for a Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place January 4th-7th, 2017, in Baltimore, MD, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

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 by May 27th, 2016.
Notification regarding submission status will be made by June 1st, 2016.

Posted May 23rd, 2016


Royce Library Recovery Project

The Royce Library Recovery Project seeks to provide the scholarly community with an unprecedented glimpse into the personal library of Josiah Royce. Based upon recent archival research, I have discovered leads for recovering more than 40% (i.e. 385 volumes) of an estimated 934 volumes that formerly belonged to Royce prior to being donated to Harvard College Library.

This website serves the purpose of raising funding to facilitate archival and library research that will reclaim significant portions of Royce’s personal library. By giving to the Royce Library Recovery Project your support will help fund research that will make an important contribution to the Royce community by making available texts and marginalia that will deepen our understanding of Royce’s life and work. To learn more about this project and its principal researcher, please browse before going to the Donation Page.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Ermine L. Algaier IV


Posted May 21st, 2016



Posted March 30th, 2016


CFP: Josiah Royce Society at Eastern APA

Call for papers/abstracts for a Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA, to take place January 4th-7th, 2017, in Baltimore, MD, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

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 by May 20th, 2016.


Notification regarding submission status will be made by June 1st, 2016.

Posted March 26th, 2016


Business Meeting Update---Please join us at a new time!

Those attending SAAP this year, please join us for the annual JRS business meeting at a new time. The time of the meeting has been changed and we are now scheduled to meet from 12:40 to 1:40 PM on Saturday, March 5 in the Brighton Room of the Benson Hotel in Portland, OR. All are welcome.

Posted February 12th, 2016


Deadline Extended! Journal of Speculative Philosophy Royce Centennial Issue

Deadline Extended! 
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 February 22, 2016. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review.

Posted January 20th, 2016


2016 JRS Election!

JRS needs to elect a President, a Vice President/President Elect and two At-Large Representatives in 2016. If you know of a member of JRS who might like to serve in one of these positions, please share his or her name with the chair of the nominating committee by e-mailing michael.brodrick@gmail.com no later than Sunday, January 31, 2016. Self-nominations are welcome. For the duties associated with each position, please refer to the JRS Constitution and Bylaws.

Posted January 17th, 2016


REMINDER: JRS at APA Eastern, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.
Saturday, 01/09 *11:15 AM-01:15 PM*
The Josiah Royce Society
...
Chair: Daniel J. Brunson (Morgan State University)

Speakers: 

Robin Friedman (Independent Scholar)
“Royce, History, and the Nature of Philosophy”


Tanya Jeffcoat (University of Central Arkansas)
“Roycean Loyalty, Diversity, and Conflict Resolution: Building Communities in a Multi-ethnic, Multi-racial Society”


Dwayne Tunstall (Grand Valley State University)
“An Unlikely Champion of Royce’s Wise Provincialism”

Posted January 8th, 2016


Reminder - 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 December 9th, 2015


Reminder - The Pluralist Royce Centennial Issue

Colleagues, if you have a manuscript on Josiah Royce, The Pluralist wants you. Let us consider your manuscript for publication in a special issue of the journal. The issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of the philosopher's death in 1916 and will be published next year. Your submission of no less than 3,000 words and not more than 8,000 words on any topic related to Royce must make use of the work of recent (writing within the past 50 years or so) Royce scholars. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students and independent scholars, so bring your manuscript out of that bottom drawer. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and e-mailed to michael.brodrick@gmail.com by January 1, 2016.

Posted December 9th, 2015


Transactions Royce Centennial Issue - Extended Deadline

Call For Papers - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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 December 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 September 21st, 2015


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


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