Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century: Historical, Ethical, and Religious Interpretations

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Kelly A. Parker, Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński
Lexington Books, 2012 - Philosophy - 300 pages
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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.

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Introduction Contemporary Readings of Josiah Royce
Part I Historical Reinterpretations
Part II Ethics Interpretations of Loyalty
Part III Religious Philosophy
Part IV Contemporary Implications
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Kelly A. Parker is professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and liberal studies at Grand Valley State University. He is also the author of The Continuity of Peirce's Thought (Vanderbilt University Press, 1998).

Krzysztof (Chris) Piotr Skowronski currently teaches contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, cultural anthropology, Polish philosophy, and American philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Opole University, Poland. He is also the author of Values and Powers: Re-reading the Philosophy of American Pragmatism (Rodopi, 2009) and Santayana and America: Values, Liberties, Responsibility (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), and co-edited several others: Under Any Sky. Contemporary Readings of George Santayana (with Matthew Flamm; Cambridge Scholars, 2007), American and European Values: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives, (with Matthew Flamm and John Lachs; Cambridge Scholars 2008). and The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey: Reflection on Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society (with Larry Hickman, Matthew Flamm, and Jennifer Rea; Rodopi, 2011).

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