The Poetics of Josiah Royce

March 21, 2022
Submitted By: Brian D. Skelly
Please join us at our next online meeting of the University of Hartford Philosophy Club this Wednesday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the following link:     

(Note: If the link above is not functional, then cut and paste it into your search line or URL line and hit “enter”. Meeting Password: Alive CwqT3MBG33 Toll-free call-in number: 1-877-668-4493    Meeting Number (in case calling in): 171 628 0135)    

This week, Richard Hall will present on the Poetics of Josiah Royce. 

American philosopher Josiah Royce (1855-1916) is mostly known as a philosopher. But he was also a poet, novelist, and literary critic. Attention to his efforts in these areas is not only a gain for the arts but also leads the way to key insights into his philosophy. Here Dr. Hall sketches out his vision of Royce as a poetic philosopher and philosophical poet.

Richard A. S. Hall is Professor of Philosophy at Fayetteville State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. He holds the Ph.D. and B.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto and Boston University respectively. His publications include five books. His most recent book is The Justice of War: Its Foundation in Ethics and Natural Law (Lexington Books, 2020). Others are The Neglected Northampton Texts of Jonathan Edwards: Edwards on Society and Politics (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990); Josiah Royce’s Proposal How to Establish World Peace (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2017); and White Calvinists Fighting Against Black Slavery (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2016). He has chapters in the following publications: The Contribution of Jonathan Edwards to American Culture and Society (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008); Josiah Royce for the Twenty-First Century (Lexington Books, 2012); Middlebrow Wodehouse (Ashgate, 2016); and entries in The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans).

An ongoing weekly tradition at the University since 2001, the University of Hartford Philosophy Club is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.   

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses.   

Please be a part of us as we continue this great tradition online

Brian D. Skelly, Philosophy