Sierra College holds Royce Philosophy seminars at the Nevada County campus |

Sierra College holds Royce Philosophy seminars at the Nevada County campus

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Josiah Royce

The Sierra College Nevada County Campus will hold seven free seminars on Josiah Royce's philosophy, beginning on Monday, March 10. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

In August of 2013, the Josiah Royce Society held a conference Royce, California and the World, in Grass Valley. Numerous events made up the conference and both the community and the Royce Society benefited. Continuing with the outreach of the Royce Society, The Royce Critical Edition, the Josiah Royce Foundation, and other affiliated organizations such as the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Sierra College will host a series of seminars on Royce's philosophy.

The seminars will be a complete course in the philosophy of Josiah Royce, with reference to his life and his historical times. Each session can stand alone, for those unable to attend all of the sessions. Each will run from 7-8:30 p.m. and allow time for questions. Follow-up sessions for smaller discussions and clarification will be held from 9-10 a.m. on the mornings following each evening session, at a local coffee shop.

The seminar leader is Dr. Randall Auxier, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which is one of the leading research centers in classical American philosophy in the world. Auxier is author of many publications related to Royce and the history of American thought, and served as the general editor of the Royce Critical Edition from 2009 to 2014. His recent book on Royce will serve as one of the principal texts for the seminars.

The sessions are free and open to the public. A call will be made for donations to the Royce Foundation at the beginning and end of each session, but donations are not required or expected, only welcome.

The sessions are:

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— March 10: Royce and California; the effect on Royce's philosophy of growing up in California.

— March 11: Royce's Biography; the effect on his philosophy of Royce's time and historical context, how his work was received by the world and how it has fared from his death up to the present.

— March 12: Royce's Method in Philosophy; Royce's early development and studies as a philosopher, his influences, and the effect of these influences on his development of a method for doing philosophy.

— March 13: The Philosophy of Experience and Pragmatism; Royce's Theory of Knowledge; Royce's relationship to the new ideas arising in his time about knowledge and how philosophy plays a role in generating and criticizing knowledge.

— March 17: Royce's Metaphysics; the most famous and influential of Royce's ideas about time and finite existence, and nature.

— March 18: Royce's Theory of Community and Communication; his view of communities and persons and their relationship.

— March 19: Royce's Ethics and Political Thought; how Royce's theory of community is the ground of his ideas about loyalty, both in ethics and in politics.

— March 20: Royce's Philosophy of Religion; Royce's reconstruction of Christianity and his ideas about sin, atonement, salvation, and love.

The seminars will run from 7-8:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 101 in the Library, (Building N6) except for the seminars scheduled on March 13 and 20, which will be held in Room 205. The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley,. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Permits can be purchased at the kiosk machine located at the main entrance to the campus. For more information, call 530-277-5380.

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