Josiah Royce's 1909 Pittsburgh Loyalty Lectures
American philosopher Josiah Royce (1856-1916) delivered three lectures on the topic of loyalty at the Twentieth Century Club in Pittsburgh in February 1909. These lectures, “The Conflict of Loyalties,” “The Art of Loyalty,” and “Loyalty and Individuality,” are indispensable for a complete and coherent picture of the development of Royce’s philosophy of loyalty. This publication marks the first appearance of these lectures in a book, making them widely accessible to readers.
Included in this volume is an Editor’s Introduction by Mathew A. Foust, a preeminent scholar of Royce’s philosophy of loyalty. Foust details the mysteries long surrounding these lectures and the clues that led to their solutions. Foust then demonstrates how the 1909 Pittsburgh Loyalty Lectures constitute a “missing link” between The Philosophy of Loyalty (1908) and subsequent works by Royce such as “Loyalty and Insight” in William James and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Life (1911), The Sources of Religious Insight (1912), The Problem of Christianity (1913), War and Insurance (1914), and The Hope of the Great Community (1916).
Students and scholars of American Studies, the history of philosophy, ethics and moral philosophy, and social philosophy will find much of enduring relevance in Josiah Royce’s 1909 Pittsburgh Loyalty Lectures.
Mathew A. Foust is Professor of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University, where he is also Co-Director of International Studies and Co-Coordinator of American Studies. He is the author of Confucianism and American Philosophy (2017) and Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life (2012). He is the co-editor (with Kim Díaz) of The Philosophies of America Reader (2021) and the co-editor (with Sor-hoon Tan) of Feminist Encounters with Confucius (2016).
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