Introduction to <i>Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problem</i>

Scott L. Pratt

in Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231324
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235568 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Introduction to Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American               Problem

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This chapter introduces the philosophy of loyalty by Josiah Royce in 1908 and uses the example of the sinking of the Lusitania to show the rejection of loyalty by Germany. Causes, in the end, came to be identified with communities by Royce. In his 1912 The Sources of Religious Insight and his 1913 The Problem of Christianity, loyalty is transformed from a commitment to a cause to “the practically devoted love of an individual for a community”. Here Royce summarizes three principles of loyalty. First, the communities to which individuals are loyal may be living beings whose reality is of a higher type. The second principle connects the meaning of the life which Royce calls the process of salvation. Finally, each person becomes part of the community of those loyal to loyalty. The result is at once unification and, by the actions of loyalty, individualization.

Keywords: Josiah Royce; Lusitania; Germany; loyalty; community; causes; salvation; unification; individualization

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Subjects: Philosophy

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