On Certain Limitations of the Thoughtful Public in Americ

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

On Certain Limitations of the               Thoughtful Public in Americ

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This chapter challenges the American public in terms of the philosophy of loyalty. Royce proposes that the great limitation of the thoughtful public in America remains its inability to take sufficient control of affairs. The thoughtful public remains the most characteristic, but too often the least effective, portion of the community. The chapter argues that reform must come from within and that truth is precisely what all ideally minded people know. Here, loyalty marks both the value of the ideals to which Americans appear committed, and the necessity of the work of individuals to bring about reform. The difficulty faced by such demands is that individuals are not able to address all of the problems or state all of the ideals required to bring about a reform of society in which people can flourish.

Keywords: American public; affairs; reform; loyalty; limitations

Chapter.  9998 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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