The seminar leader is Dr. Randall Auxier, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which is one of the leading research centers in classical American philosophy in the world. Auxier is author of many publications related to Royce and the history of American thought, and served as the general editor of the Royce Critical Edition from 2009 to 2014. His recent book on Royce will serve as one of the principal texts for the seminars.
The sessions are free and open to the public. A call will be made for donations to the Royce Foundation at the beginning and end of each session, but donations are not required or expected, only welcome.
The sessions are:
— March 10: Royce and California; the effect on Royce’s philosophy of growing up in California.
— March 11: Royce’s Biography; the effect on his philosophy of Royce’s time and historical context, how his work was received by the world and how it has fared from his death up to the present.
— March 12: Royce’s Method in Philosophy; Royce’s early development and studies as a philosopher, his influences, and the effect of these influences on his development of a method for doing philosophy.
— March 13: The Philosophy of Experience and Pragmatism; Royce’s Theory of Knowledge; Royce’s relationship to the new ideas arising in his time about knowledge and how philosophy plays a role in generating and criticizing knowledge.
— March 17: Royce’s Metaphysics; the most famous and influential of Royce’s ideas about time and finite existence, and nature.
— March 18: Royce’s Theory of Community and Communication; his view of communities and persons and their relationship.
— March 19: Royce’s Ethics and Political Thought; how Royce’s theory of community is the ground of his ideas about loyalty, both in ethics and in politics.
— March 20: Royce’s Philosophy of Religion; Royce’s reconstruction of Christianity and his ideas about sin, atonement, salvation, and love.