Forthcoming November 2013
Time, Will, and Purpose
Living Ideas from the Philosophy of Josiah Royce
Randall E. Auxier
Josiah Royce (1855–1916) has had a major influence on American intellectual life, both popular movements and cutting-edge thought, but his name often went unmentioned while the ideas marched forward. He was the leading American proponent of Absolute Idealism. In recent years there has been a broad based revival of interest in Royce, with several important new books appearing, with the formation of a Josiah Royce Society, sponsoring a series of important scholarly conferences in the US and Europe, with the re-organization of the Royce papers at Harvard, and the developing plan for a definitive critical edition of Royce’s works, published and unpublished.
Randall Auxier delves into the primary texts written by Royce to retrieve the most poignant ideas, the ideas we need most in the present day, while he also offers a new framework for understanding the development of Royce’s philosophy. Auxier responds to everything that has been written about Royce, both early and recent.
Randall E. Auxier is Editor of the Library of Living Philosophers and Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is editor of Responses to Royce (2000) and co-editor of Hartshorne and Brightman on God, Process, and Persons (2001), The Philosophy of Jaakko Hintikka (2006), and The Philosophy of Michael Dummett (2007).