Josiah Royce in Focus

Josiah Royce in Focus

Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/27/2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-00072-9
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This new approach to Josiah Royce shows one of American philosophy's brightest minds in action for today's readers. Although Royce was one of the towering figures of American pragmatism, his thought is often considered in the wake of his more famous peers. Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley brings fresh perspective to Royce's ideas and clarifies his individual philosophical vision. Kegley foregrounds Royce's concern with contemporary public issues and ethics, focusing in particular on how he addresses long-standing problems such as race, religion, community, the dangers of mass media, mass culture, and blatant individualistic capitalism. She offers a deep and fruitful philosophical exploration of Royce's ideas on conflict resolution, memory, self-identity, and self-development. Kegley's keen understanding and appreciation of Royce reintroduces him to a new generation of scholars and students.

Author Bio

Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield. She is author of Genuine Individuals and Genuine Communities: A Roycean Public Philosophy and editor of Genetic Knowledge: Human Values and Responsibility.


"Highly recommended." —Choice , June 2009

". . . this book is the best introduction to Royce's thought written in over two decades." —Dwayne A. Tunstall, Grand Valley State University,
The Pluralist , Vol. 4.2 2009

". . .
Josiah Royce in Focus should be read by all interested in Royce. Newcomers will be treated to a thorough and exciting introduction to Royce, while those already acquainted will be led to engage Royce's thought in novel ways." —Mathew A. Foust, University of Oregon, Kinesis , Vol. 36.1 Spring 2009

"[The author's] present book confirms that she is one of top scholars on Royce. . . .she introduces Royce to those who do not know him as yet and, simultaneously, stimulates those who are already familiar with Royce to re-think his output and look at it afresh, that is from the perspective of new times and new challenges" —Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński , Opole University, Poland,
European Jrnl Pragmatism and American Philosophy , Vol. 2.1 2010

"Kegley's study is a meticulously researched, comprehensive account of both Royce's life and his work. . . .
Josiah Royce in Focus excels at placing his philosophical thought within the context of more current trends, problems, and urgent issues in the behavioral and social sciences and in the arena of public affairs." —Dialogue , October, 2010

"Kegley's previous work on Royce has bequeathed confidence in her knowledge, her clarity and directness of presentation, and her overall philosophical sophistication." —John McDermott, Texas A&M University

"Makes Royce attractive, interesting, and helpful to newcomers to philosophy and to those interested in healing America's wounds." —Frank Oppenheim, Xavier University

"I find Kegley's book excellent in many ways. It will serve undergraduates and graduates well in their courses on the history of American philsophy or in seminars on Royce." —
International Philosophical Quarterly

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Table of Contents

1. Royce as a Frontier Californian and Intellectual Pioneer: Forging Self and Thought in a New and Developing Land
2. The Self
3. Royce's Ethical Theory
4. Religious Insight, the Spirit of Community, and the Reality of Evil
5. Developing Genuine Individuals and Communities
6. The Thought of Josiah Royce: A Treasure of Riches for Contemporary Philosophical and Public Issues