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Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 Eastern APA Royce Panel

Session GIV-5
Monday December 28, 2:00--4:00 p.m.

Topic: A Bridge Between Royce and Husserl

Chair: Michael Brodrick (Vanderbilt University)

Speaker: Jason M. Bell, "The German Translation of Royce's Epistemology by Husserl's Student Winthrop Bell: A Neglected Bridge of Pragmatic-Phenomenological Interpretation?"

Commentator: Michael Brodrick (Vanderbilt University)

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Responding to the December, 2009 death of the seminal American philosopher, John E. Smith, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy announces a future special issue devoted to “The Philosophy of John E. Smith.” The Journal editors invite submissions on any aspect of John E. Smith’s philosophy:­ its meaning, scope, philosophical import and influence, or professional impact and broader reach. Submitted papers should not be wholly expository or merely explications of texts. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages (or approximately 6,250 words) and should be double-spaced, with endnotes and a list of works cited following the text. Submissions (in Microsoft Word 6.0 or higher, rich text format, or simple text) must be sent electronically to JSpecPhil@gmail.com. The deadline for receipt of complete manuscripts is 1 December 2010. Inquiries about this special issue should be directed to Vincent M. Colapietro (vxc5@psu.edu), editor of this special issue and Journal co-editor (with John J. Stuhr; jstuhr@emory.edu).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

2010 Central APA Royce Session

GII-2. Josiah Royce Society
Thursday, February 18, 2009, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Topic: Does Royce Have Anything Worthwhile to Contribute to Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, and Race Theory?

Chair: Dwayne A. Tunstall (Grand Valley State University)

Speaker: Judith M. Green (Fordham University) “Public Reasons, Private Tastes, and Personal Opinions in Deliberative Democratic Politics”

Speaker: Kaitlin O’Donnell (Temple University) “Within Plain Sight: Royce, Public Monuments, and the Ethic of Atonement”

Speaker: Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M University) "On the Dark Arts: Problematizing Royce’s Assimilative Arts as a Response to LeConte’s 'Southern Problems'”

Monday, October 26, 2009

Critical Edition Committee Seeks Advisory Board Members

The Critical Edition Committee will ask the following distinguished scholars to serve on the Advisory Board of the Royce Critical Edition: John Smith (Yale University), Hilary Putnam (Harvard University), David Lamberth (Harvard Divinity School), Cornel West (Princeton University), and Kevin Starr, eminent California historian and fan of Royce.

Volume 1 of Critical Edition Selected

According to the Critical Edition Committee, volume 1 of the proposed critical edition of Royce's writings will be The Sources of Religious Insight. Many Royce scholars view Sources as a transition between The World and the Individual (1900-1902) and The Problem of Christianity (1913). Sources is also seen by scholars as a response to William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience. Critical Edition Committee member Jacquelyn Kegley remarked that Sources "fits well into contemporary concerns" and "would have a broad readership community."

New General Editor for Critical Edition Project

After considering the full magnitude of his commitment to promoting the study of John Dewey's thought and to establishing Dewey centers around the world, Professor Larry Hickman resigned from his position as General Editor of the Royce Critical Edition Project. Fortunately, Hickman and the members of the Critical Edition Committee were able to persuade Professor Randall Auxier to undertake the general editorship of the project in Hickman's place. Auxier is both devoted to the advancement of Royce studies and a Royce scholar. He brings impressive editorial skills to the Royce Critical Edition Project from his experience as editor of the Library of Living Philosophers series and "The Pluralist." Auxier plans to work closely with Hickman and the editorial staff at Southern Illinois University as the Royce Critical Edition Project gets under way.

Success of the Royce Papers Indexing Project!

Professor Frank Oppenheim and the officers of the Josiah Royce Society are pleased to announce the success of the Royce Papers Indexing Project! Professor Oppenheim and his research team have given us two impressive results. The first is a tentative version of the Harvard Archives “Finding Aid” for the Royce Papers. This early form of the research tool is available online by searching “Harvard Archives.” A finalized version should be accessible in the next few months. The second impressive result from Professor Oppenheim and his team is a Comprehensive Index of Royce’s papers (Boxes 1-155). The Comprehensive Index will be virtually completed by October 28, but we need to obtain legal clearance from Royce’s heirs before it can be published on the Internet.

Professor Oppenheim, his research team, and the Josiah Royce Society extend their deep thanks to the many contributors who generously supported the Royce Papers Indexing Project from its earliest days in 2008 to the crucial final period in 2009 when we struggled to make up our budget shortfall. THANK YOU!

Now that the Indexing Project is complete, we can look forward to enjoying online access to the Comprehensive Index of Royce’s papers. Moreover, we can anticipate the critical edition of Royce’s writings that may grow out of the Index. But we need your help again before we can publish the Index on the Internet. We face a modest shortfall of about $4,000 leftover from the Indexing Project as well as the cost of hiring a lawyer to obtain clearance from Royce’s heirs so the Index can be published online, about $2,000.

We hope you view us as developing a track record of putting your money to good use and of making it go a long way. Less than a decade ago, Royce was all but invisible in academic circles. Now, thanks to your support, we are on the brink of launching a critical edition of Royce’s writings. In January we figured the total cost of the final period of the Indexing Project at $22,000. Professor Oppenheim and his team completed the work for less than $17,000, saving the Royce Society over $5,000. As long as we have your support, we will continue promoting Royce studies vigorously by publishing the Comprehensive Index online and by moving forward with our exciting plans for a critical edition of Royce’s writings. Please help us make up the remaining shortfall from the Indexing Project and obtain legal clearance to publish the Comprehensive Index on the Internet. Your gifts are tax deductible!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

General Editor Named for Royce Critical Edition

Larry Hickman, Director of the Center for Dewey Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University -- Carbondale, has agreed to serve as General Editor of the Royce Critical Edition. Prof. Hickman accepted this position at the Society's 2008 Annual Meeting in East Lansing, Michigan.

Prof. Hickman brings many years' experience (what else?) from his work on the critical edition of John Dewey's writings. His expertise will be invaluable as we take the first steps toward publishing a projected 25 to 30 volumes of Royce's Writings.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

SAAP 2009 Session

March 12-14, 2009
Texas A&M University
Hilton College Station and Conference Center
College Station, TX

"Royce and the Lost Cause"

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 2:00-3:45pm

Mary Mahowald, University of Chicago “Lost Causes and an Idealistic Pragmatism”

Griffin Trotter, St. Louis University “Royce's Lost Cause”

Commentator: John Kaag, University of Massachussetts, Lowell

Chair: Kim Garchar, Kent State University

Annual Business Meeting

Friday, March 13, 2009, 6:00-7:00pm

Sunday, January 18, 2009

APA 2009 Central Division Session

February 18-22, 2009
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, IL

"Roycean Egoism and Social Hope"

Thursday, Feb. 19, Group Session III-6 (7:30 – 10:30 p.m.)

Greg Aldin, Fordham University “Royce and Social Hope”

Bonnie Meyer, Indiana University/Purdue University–Indianapolis “Royce’s Theory of Self: A New Face for Egoism”

Jason Bell, Vanderbilt University “Royce’s War Ethics”

Chair: Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University