The Pacific Coas

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

The Pacific Coas

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This chapter focuses on the development of loyalty and its social character as provincialism in the context of the environmental constraints and affordances of northern California. It cites various poems, passages, and views about the provincial aspects of loyalty. Royce tries to credit the climate and geography of California with producing a distinctive form of idealistic philosophy. The attributions mark a recognition that, like any community that responds to its place and history, a geographical region develops a distinctive sense of its own purpose and future. California has developed its own distinctive provincial character, aided by its isolation from the eastern United States and its place at the intersection of Spanish-speaking peoples. The result is the development of individuals who generate new ideas and possibilities and a broader commitment to the community as a whole.

Keywords: climate; civilization; provincialism; poems; isolation; geographical region

Chapter.  9769 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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