A Royce Agenda:

Promising Areas of Research for Future Scholarship on the Life and Work of Josiah Royce

Culled from Professor Jacquelyn Kegley's 2011 lecture "Philosophy as a Continual Unfolding: Interpretation and Expansion of Community: Moving Forward with a Royce Agenda"

Temporality and Process:

  1. Examining Royce's work on the concept of time, especially as presented in his 1910 essay "The Reality of the Temporal"
  2. Interactive interpreting of the relation between Royce's thought and process philosophy
  3. Exploring the similarities and differences between the work of process thinkers on cosmic philosophy and that of Royce and G. H. Mead on the same topic
  4. Examining the relation of evolutionary theory to Royce's thought

Historicity and Context:

  1. Connecting Royce's historical writings to disciplines other than philosophy, including American Studies
  2. Exploring the work of Royce's students, especially Herbert Weiner, T. S. Eliot, C. I. Lewis, and George Santayana
  3. Examining areas of philosophy reflected on by Royce, such as literature and education
  4. Analyzing Royce's work on education

Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics:

  1. Further exploration of Royce's philosophy of mathematics
  2. Further work on Royce's System Sigma

Pressing Issues in Contemporary Philosophy:

  1. Further examination of Royce's philosophy of mind
  2. Delving into Royce's psychology and social psychology, especially as related to questions of psychopathology and evil
  3. Connecting Royce's thought to neuroscience
  4. Probing the work of Royce with the Committee on Apparitions and Haunted Houses of the American Society for Psychical Research
  5. Exploring Royce's published work on parapsychology
  6. Looking at Royce's views on science and scientific method
  7. Further examination of Royce's connections to Husserl and his work on phenomenology, as well as connections with James and Peirce on these matters
  8. Further examination of Royce and Peirce on epistemological issues, particularly the notion of a third form of knowledge, i.e. interpretation [This could also be related to issues in the social sciences and also to neuroscience and the interpretation of brain waves for areas of law and mental health.]
  9. Exploration of the connections between one's epistemology and metaphysics and one's social and political thoughts [See especially Raymond Boisvert, "Heteronomous Freedom" in Philosophy and the Reconstruction of Culture, John J. Stuhr, ed. (New York: SUNY Press, 1993).]

Issues Confronting Our Present Society and Impacting Many Lives:

  1. Expanding discussion of Royce and the race question with eyes on his theory of community and his life-long desire to build inclusive communities
  2. Looking at the resources Royce's work provides for dealing with problems of community and of relationships
  3. Examining the resources Royce's thought provides for re-framing democracy and democratic theory
  4. Continuing to explore the resources Royce's work provides for inter-cultural, inter-religious, and inter-faith dialogues

Updated 14 november 2011