Josiah Royce

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


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This chapter defines “provincialism” in two ways: as any social disposition, custom, or form of speech which is characteristic of a province; and the fondness and pride attached to the inhabitants of the province. It takes up the philosophy of loyalty, emphasizing three problems: unassimilated newcomers, a leveling tendency, and the “mob spirit”, that can interfere with the development of that form of loyalty Royce calls “wise provincialism”. To be a loyal member of a community is to be committed to fostering the growth of one's local community in a way that promotes the growth of other communities as well.

Keywords: provincialism; unassimilated newcomers; leveling tendency; mob spirit; wise provincialism

Chapter.  9331 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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