Saturday, August 28, 2010
Royce is in good company at the IAT, a research unit of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, with academic programs in Documentary Editing and American Studies. Of the five Classic American Philosophers, the critical editions of three are now located at IUPUI: Charles Peirce, George Santayana, and Josiah Royce. Editions of the works of the final two, William James and John Dewey are completed.
“The Josiah Royce critical edition is digital from start to finish,” said project director and IAT director David Pfeifer. “It is unique both at the IAT and among the other editions on the Classic American Philosophers that have been completed or in progress.”
Josiah Royce was born in a mining camp in California, attended and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, studied in Germany, received a Ph.D. from the first research doctoral university in the United States, The Johns Hopkins University, and spent the bulk of his career at Harvard University as a colleague to William James and an instructor and colleague of George Santayana. Royce’s early work is associated with Idealism, but he was influenced greatly by the Pragmatism of William James and Charles Peirce. The later works of Royce, with a focus on interpretation and community, are now recognized as significant contributions to Pragmatism and the history of philosophy. A wider knowledge of Royce’s later works led to a re-birth in interest in his thought which led to the desire for a critical edition.
“A critical edition seeks to remain close to the author’s intention while disclosing the principles for deciding what version of the text to publish and any editorial changes made to it,” explained Pfeifer.
Such editions provide an explanation and documentation of the compositional history of the text and its publication history. An important element is to undo any changes that were made silently by previous publishers without the consent of the author. When the text is in manuscript form, a list of the author’s substantial alterations is created. Annotations, sometimes very long, are provided which describe and define uncommon concepts and theories, identify individuals, and supply references for quotations without citations.
Editing will take place at diverse locations, but all materials are posted to an IAT website. The General Editor is Randall Auxier of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Text editing will be done by the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University. Editors for the first volume are at Texas A & M University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The IAT is the repository for the paper copies of texts and manuscripts and is the computer center for receiving, posting, and hosting all the materials of the edition. The digital volumes that result will be online, hosted by Indiana University.
The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and the Office of the Dean of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts generously provided some initial funding to launch the edition. National Endowment for the Humanities funding and other grant opportunities will be sought for the continued support of the critical edition of Royce’s work.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
GROUP SESSION VI – 7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
GVI - 7. Personalist Discussion Group and Josiah Royce Society
7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Topic: Review of Dwayne Tunstall’s Yes, But Not Quite
Chair: Jason Bell (Mount Allison University)
Speakers: Kara Barnette (University of Oregon)
“The Will to Interpret, the Will to Love: Agape, Loyalty, and
Royce’s Beloved Community”
Michael Brodrick (Vanderbilt University)
Kipton Jensen (Emory University)
“Revisionist Readings: On Personalism and Absolute Pragmatism in
Commentator: Dwayne Tunstall (Grand Valley State University)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The Josiah Royce Society is pleased to announce a special essay competition in honor of the late Professor John E. Smith. The contest is open to both graduate students and persons who have held a Ph.D. or its equivalent for no more than five years. The Royce Society seeks original essays that examine or extend John E. Smith's important contributions to Royce studies.
All submissions should be prepared for blind review and sent as e-mail attachments (preferably Microsoft Word documents, RTF files, or PDF files) to Dwayne Tunstall, Royce Society Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to write "John E. Smith Essay Contest Submission" in the subject line of your e-mail. Also remember to provide contact information with your submission, including mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number, and a brief statement explaining how you meet the eligibility requirement. This information can be placed either in the body of the e-mail or in a separate cover letter.
All submissions are due by
A $500 prize will be awarded to the author of the winning essay at the 2011 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, during the Royce Society’s special session honoring the legacy of John E. Smith.