Josiah Royce for the Twenty-First Century delivers what it promises: a collection of new essays that show the breadth and depth of Royce's philosophy and make a compelling case for its relevance to the present world. Essays by both prominent Royce scholars and a new generation of interpreters make this volume essential reading for students of Royce and the American philosophical tradition and for those who are seeking critical alternatives to the main trends in contemporary pragmatist, analytic, and Continental philosophies. -- Scott L. Pratt, University of Oregon The editors of this volume call it a rediscovery of Royce's work-it is more than that. Here one finds a deployment of Royce's ideas that will surprise any who work with the stereotypical notion that Royce was just an old-fashioned American Hegelian. The essays trace important but less well documented influences on Royce's work: Leibniz, Kant (in both metaphysics and ethics), Lotze, Nietzsche, and Peirce. More importantly, they place Royce's ideas in the contemporary setting dealing with issues such as communitarianism, neo-pragmatism, philosophy of mind, linguistic reference, developmental psychology, and philosophy of religion. In doing so, they put Royce into conversation with the likes of Rorty, Brandom, the Churchlands, Searle, Arendt, Margolis, Levinas, and a host of other thinkers. The book is important as a corrective to much that has been written about Royce by uninformed critics, and it is useful in detailing Royce's ongoing relevance for philosophy in the twenty-first century. -- Douglas Anderson, Southern Illinois University The philosophical depth, thickness and significance of Royce's writing are herein met head-on with these informed and trenchant essays. The authors set Royce smack-in-the-middle of major contemporary philosophical issues, such that the hanging on of shibboleths as to his being trapped in an out-of-date portfolio must now be abandoned. In this book, Royce is philosophically alive and worthy of sustained attention. -- John J. McDermott, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Texas A&M University Kelly A. Parker's and Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski's Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century: Historical, Ethical, and Religious Interpretations is a monumental testament to the nascent international revival of Josiah Royce's philosophy among contemporary philosophers, especially those who are historians of late nineteenth and early twentieth century North American idealism, historians of classical American pragmatism, or contemporary scholars working in pragmatism broadly defined. This collection brings together well-known Royce scholars and scholars who are encountering Royce's thought for the first time. It is also a good primer on most of the major themes in contemporary Royce scholarship. In addition, several of the contributors offer a much needed historical reinterpretation of Royce's thought, particularly with respect to his metaphysics, his philosophy of art, and his pragmatism. Moreover, several of the contributors work to bring Royce's thought into the twenty-first century by identifying the contributions it can make to contemporary epistemology, metaphysics, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. It also places Royce in conversation not only with the usual suspects - for example, William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, John Dewey, Immanuel Kant, Rudolf Hermann Lotze, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, George Santayana, and George Herbert Mead - but also with thinkers not normally associated with Royce - for example, Richard Rorty and John Searle. -- Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University
About the Author
Kelly A. Parker is professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and liberal studies at Grand Valley State University. He is also the author of The Continuity of Peirce's Thought (Vanderbilt University Press, 1998). Krzysztof (Chris) Piotr Skowronski currently teaches contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, cultural anthropology, Polish philosophy, and American philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Opole University, Poland. He is also the author of Values and Powers: Re-reading the Philosophy of American Pragmatism (Rodopi, 2009) and Santayana and America: Values, Liberties, Responsibility (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), and co-edited several others: Under Any Sky. Contemporary Readings of George Santayana (with Matthew Flamm; Cambridge Scholars, 2007), American and European Values: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives, (with Matthew Flamm and John Lachs; Cambridge Scholars 2008). and The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey: Reflection on Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society (with Larry Hickman, Matthew Flamm, and Jennifer Rea; Rodopi, 2011).