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: Michael Brodrick, Arkansas Tech University

President ex officio: Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield 

Vice President: Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University

Secretary: Kevin Harrelson, Ball State University

Treasurer: David Pfeifer, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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


CFP: JRS at 2019 Central APA

Josiah Royce Society Meeting at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, February 20-23, 2019, Denver, Colorado.

The Royce Society will hold an affiliated group meeting at the APA Central Meeting in Denver, February 20-23, 2019. We now open a Call for Papers. Papers on the work of Josiah Royce, his influence on other thinkers, and his relevance to contemporary issues are welcomed. Papers from junior scholars and advanced graduate students are encouraged.

This session will include two or three paper presentations and possibly brief commentary on each presentation. Papers should be able to be read in c. 25 minutes (c. 3000 words).

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

Full program information must be submitted by October 1, 2018. Thus, the deadline for submission of papers is midnight, Friday, September 7, 2018. Submissions are to be emailed to depfeife@iupui.edu. Decisions on which papers are accepted will follow in seven to ten days.

Posted June 5th, 2018


Grass Valley and the Philosopher

New from Robin Friedman:

Grass Valley and the Philosopher

One of the greatest things about American communities is that they create and foster a surprising amount of diversity. Take, for instance, the rough and tumble pioneer community captured in Claudine Chalmers’ Grass Valley. A combination of rare images of the Grass Valley, California community and Chalmers’ own commentary and discussion, Grass Valley shows how much there is to be learned from studying local communities.

https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Navigation/Community/Arcadia-and-THP-Blog/May-2018/Guest-Post-Grass-Valley-and-the-Philosopher

Posted May 19th, 2018


JRS at the Eastern APA

Friday, 01/05, 11:15 AM - 01:15 PM, Savannah Convention Center

G11I Josiah Royce Society
Chair: Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University)


Speaker: Mathew Foust (Central Connecticut State University)
“Loyalty, Justice, and Rights: Royce and Police Ethics in 21st Century America”

Commentator: Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University)

Presidential Address: Jacquelyn Ann Kegley


https://www.facebook.com/events/189067345010473/

Posted December 22nd, 2017


JRS at the Central APA

Thursday, 02/22, 07:40-10:40 PM, Palmer House Hilton

G8E. Josiah Royce Society

Topic: Report on Josiah Royce Society activities, report on progress of the Josiah Royce Critical Edition

Speakers:

Michael Brodrick (Arkansas Tech University)
“A Critique of Royce’s Theory of Loyalty”

David E. Pfeifer (Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis)
“Charles Peirce and Josiah Royce’s Semiotic Move”

Posted December 22nd, 2017


Royce and Loyalty in the New York Times



"If this is a version of loyalty, it’s loyalty of a low order — fragile, transactional and much closer to simple fealty. It fails Royce’s expectation that real loyalty be based in 'willingness,' rather than in fear."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/magazine/is-loyalty-a-virtue-in-the-trump-era-its-complicated.html

Posted December 4th, 2017


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


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