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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

CFP: JRS at 2023 Eastern APA

 The 2023 APA Eastern Division Meeting will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 4-7. If you are interested in attending and presenting, please submit a short proposal (title and up to 250 word abstract) to daniel.brunson@morgan.edu by June 13th.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

CFP: JRS at 2023 APA Central

The 2023 APA Central Division Meeting will be held in Denver, CO, February 22-25. If you are interested in attending and presenting, please submit a short proposal (title and up to 250 word abstract) to daniel.brunson@morgan.edu by August 1st.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Problem of Job: Josiah Royce’s Theology and Theistic Finitism

The Problem of Job: Josiah Royce’s Theology and Theistic Finitism


Sunday, December 5, 2021

The First Phase of the Royce Edition Website Completed

The First Phase of the Royce Edition Website Completed  

The Royce Edition website (royce-edition.iupui.edu) now includes all available published writings of Josiah Royce. In this work, the Ignas Skrupskelis bibliography was the guide.  Bibliographical entries fill fifty-five pages, with 282 separate entries. Some items are brief notes, and some items are two volume books. Seven short essays in The Berkeleyan, a University of California student publication, from 1874 and 1875 cannot be found. These essays were likely lost in the fire that took place at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980. Seven articles on the history of the state of California are ignored, because, while Royce is listed as a contributor to the articles, his contributions cannot be identified or separated out.  Several articles are ignored, because, while Royce’s name is included in the contributors, whether he contributed anything is not clear. Published notes of “thank you” and “congratulations” are ignored.  Six articles are added from other bibliographic resources. Several posthumous collections and publications are included.  

While I am adept at finding material online, I could not complete this project without the assistance of experts and supportive library staffs. Teodora Durbin, interlibrary loan specialist, at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, was extremely helpful in locating obscure items. This work could not be completed without her expertise and extra efforts. The library staffs at Brown University, The Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University graciously went beyond their normal duties to obtain copies of Royce articles in publications which are located in deep storage or off-site. These libraries held the only known copies of the publications. The extra efforts are greatly appreciated.  

The next phase of the project is to post reviews of Royce’s books and specific responses to Royce’s writings by his contemporaries. John Shook kindly provided links to reviews and articles. This phase of the project has begun. The website has a transcription of Royce’s handwritten Ph.D. dissertation and transcriptions of fourteen sets of unpublished lectures. The transcription work will continue under the supervision of Scott Pratt, University of Oregon, Director of the Josiah Royce Edition.

The Royce Foundation generously provided a grant of $500.00 for the purchase from Rutgers University Press of a license to post Josiah Royce's Seminar, 1913-1914: As Recorded in the Notebooks of Harry T. Costello. Edited by Grover Smith. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1963, xxiii, 209 pp.  on the Edition website as an open access volume, which means that individuals may download and read the volume, use it in research, and quote from it in scholarly publications, but not redistribute the volume or use it in any manner for profit. This book is significant in that the notes made by Harry Costello provide a unique insight into the teaching of Josiah Royce. This book will be posted on the Edition website within the category “Transcribed Manuscripts,” because the book is not a publication by Royce himself, but a transcription of what Royce presented verbally.  

Of course, website errors and omissions are likely.  Your assistance in making corrections is welcomed. Please email me.  May you find the website useful in your exploration of the work of Josiah Royce.  

David Pfeifer 

Website Administrator 


Friday, December 3, 2021

JRS at 2022 Eastern EPA

Thursday, January 6th, 09:00-10:50 AM

G5E. Josiah Royce Society 

Chair: Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University) 


Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University) “Arguments from the Possibilities of Errors” 

Carl Sachs (Marymount University) “The Importance of Being Wrong: Davidson’s Roycean Roots”

 Kara Barnette (Westminster College of Salt Lake City) “It’s Not Me, It’s You: Royce’s Conception of Error and Cognitive Behavior Therapy”

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Josiah Royce's 1909 Pittsburgh Loyalty Lectures

Josiah Royce's 1909 Pittsburgh Loyalty Lectures

Edited and Introduced by Mathew A. Foust


Saturday, February 13, 2021

Royce Edition Update and Request

At the suggestion of the Royce Edition Director, Scott Pratt, the Royce Edition website (royce-edition.iupui.edu) has two new categories—Reviews of Royce’s Books and Responses to Royce’s Articles. (These categories are presently empty.) With the public domain classification now extending through December 31, 1924, all of the reviews and responses to Royce’s work written during his lifetime are available for posting on the website. The website would like to post these materials. No convenient way of finding these writings is readily available. A search will begin in the future. However, if you have references to such writings, please send the bibliographic information to: depfeife@iupui.edu. These new postings will make a nice addition to the website. Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

David Pfeifer

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Frank M. Oppenheim, SJ (1925-2020)

Frank M. Oppenheim, a prolific scholar whose deep knowledge of the life and thought of Josiah Royce was unsurpassed and whose personal warmth and self-effacing concern for others touched the lives of many, passed away on April 3 in Clarkston, Michigan.

Oppenheim was born in 1925 in Coldwater, Ohio. He attended Xavier, Loyola, and Saint Louis universities, before joining the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus in 1942. He was ordained in 1955.

Oppenheim wrote four books on Royce: Royce’s Journey Down Under (1985), Royce’s Mature Philosophy of Religion (1987), Royce’s Mature Ethics (1993), and Reverence for the Relations of Life: Re-imagining Pragmatism via Josiah Royce’s Interactions with Peirce, James, and Dewey (2004). He also authored scores of journal articles and, with Dawn Aberg and John Kaag, a 750-page Comprehensive Index of the Writings of Josiah Royce. He was a founding member of the Josiah Royce Society and its first president.

While the impact of Oppenheim’s work on Royce Studies and American philosophy more broadly can hardly be overstated, Oppenheim himself eschewed the role of the haughty academic don. Those who knew him will remember his unassuming warmth, gentle sense of humor and genuine concern for students and colleagues alike.

Over the decades, Oppenheim’s work defined a generation of Royce scholarship--- one that recovered Royce’s philosophy after a long period of neglect, that sought to elucidate the complex relations between Royce’s thought and biography and that delighted in debates over the fine points of Royce’s theories.

Yet behind the purely academic features of Oppenheim’s work, impactful as those features were, was an irreplaceable individual, Oppenheim, whose character and personality left an even deeper impression. Reading Oppenheim, one senses the philosopher behind the philosophy--- the humble questioner, the joyful seeker, the wise and avuncular mentor.

We can be thankful not only for the insights Oppenheim gave us as a thinker but also for the virtues he exemplified as a person. Those insights and virtues continue to inspire and sustain our community even as we mourn his passing.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Call for Papers/Abstracts: Special March 5-7, 2020 JRS Session!

The Josiah Royce Society (JRS) invites the submission of papers or abstracts for a special JRS session to convene at the March 5-7, 2020 meetings of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP). Those meetings will be held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The session theme, like that of the SAAP meetings, will be "Inter-American Philosophy" as describe here.

Please prepare your paper or abstract for blind review. Papers should be capable of being presented in 20-25 minutes; abstracts should be at least 250 words in length.

Please e-mail your paper or abstract to michael.brodrick@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

We look forward to considering your submissions!