Josiah Royce for the Twenty-First Century

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-22
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The sixteen chapters of Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century are papers from the Fourth Annual Conference on American and European Values / International Conference on Josiah Royce, held at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Opole, Poland in June 2008. The presentation of diverse perspectives, and the development of many distinctive, promising strands of inquiry from the spring of Royce's work, establish that Royce offers significant resources for a number of areas of contemporary philosophy. The book is organized into four parts: (I) Historical Reinterpretations, (II) Ethics: Interpretations of Loyalty, (III) Religious Philosophy, and (IV) Contemporary Implications. Section I considers Royce's position in the history if ideas, with papers on his account of individuation, his expansion on a key idea from Kant, his use and contribution to mathematical and philosophical conceptions of the infinite and the absolute, and his adaptation of Peircean semiotics. Sections II and III consist of focused readings of Royce's work regarding ethics and religious philosophy, respectively. Section IV is the most diverse in the topics covered, with papers that bring Royce into contemporary discussions of psychology, of the problem of reference, of Rortyan neo-pragmatism, and of literary aesthetics. The purpose of the Opole conference was to elicit fresh perspectives on the work of Josiah Royce from an international group of contributors. This collection achieves that aim by presenting new approaches to relatively familiar writings, by drawing out promising implications of Roycean themes, and by making genuinely new applications of his ideas. Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century presents a rich interaction among a diverse mix of commentators, who retrieve and construct promising new insights from the work of one of America's greatest thinkers.

Author Biography

Kelly A. Paker is professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and liberal studies at Grand Valley State University. He is the author of numerous works on classical American philosophy and its contemporary applications, including The Continuity of Peirce's Thought. He is a past president of the Josiah Royce Society. Krzysztof Chris Piotr Skowronski teaches contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, cultural anthropology, Polish philosophy, and American philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Opole University, Poland. He is the author of Values and Powers: Re-reading the Philosophy of American Pragmatism and Santayana and America: Values, Liberties, Responsibility and coeditor of several other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contemporary Readings of Josiah Roycep. 1
Historical Reinterpretations
Psychological, Phenomenological, and Metaphysical Individuality in Royce's Philosophyp. 11
Some Kantian Extrapolations from Roycep. 47
Riddles and Resolutions: Infinity, Community, and the Absolute in Royce's Later Philosophyp. 63
Man as Sign and Man as Self-Surrender: Peirce, Royce, and an Attempted Trans-Valuation of the Concept of Humanityp. 83
Ethics: Interpretations of Loyalty
"Loyalty": Royce's Post Kantian, Pragmaticist Conception of Ethicsp. 101
The Incompleteness of Loyaltyp. 119
Josiah Royce's Loyalty in the Context of Values and Powersp. 133
Training for Loyalty to a Lost Cause as a Method of Royce's Social Pedagogyp. 149
Religious Philosophy
Searching for Rhymes: Royce's Idealistic Questp. 165
Pragmatism as Idealist Monotheism: Royce, Rorty, and the Pragmatist Philosophy of Religionp. 179
Royce and the Recovery of the Personalp. 201
Atonement and Eidetic Extinctionp. 213
Contemporary Implications
Mind as Personal and Social Narrative of an Embodied Selfp. 227
The Fourth Conception of Being and the Problem of Referencep. 245
On Being Loyal on the Wrong Hegel: Rorty and Royce between Literary Culture and Redemptive Truthp. 255
Towards a Roycean Poeticesp. 271
Indexp. 287
About the Contributorsp. 297
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