Monday, April 7, 2014

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

Thursday, April 3, 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

Deadline: May 23, 2014

Notification regarding submission status will be made before June 20, 2014.

Wednesday, February 26, 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:

Sponsored by the Josiah Royce Society:

Saturday, February 22, 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.

Friday, January 17, 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

Tuesday, January 7, 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 ( by February 1, 2014.

For more information on the conference:

Friday, December 6, 2013

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

Wednesday, November 20, 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.

Tuesday, September 24, 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 ( 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.

Sunday, September 15, 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)

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”