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, published in Putnam's Magazine in 1909, focuses on the character of a province about a national unity in contrast with the importance of provincial consciousness. The chapter repeats in substance his discussion of California in “Characteristic Tendencies” and looks at the development of California during his youth and the second stage of frontier life that led to the formation of a provincial consciousness. The chapter proposes three principles that should govern the character inside the community itself. The first principle holds that determination of the community to live its own life is through preserving the integrity of its individual ideals and customs. The second principle follows that the community has its dignity to assert over newcomers. The third principle called “provincial love” idealizes the province by glorifying it through legend, good works, and kindly provision of its inhabitants.

Keywords: provincial consciousness; Characteristic Tendencies; provincial love; California; community; province

Chapter.  5376 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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