Genuine individuals and genuine communities: a Roycean by Jacqueline Ann K. Kegley

By Jacqueline Ann K. Kegley

A cogent blueprint for the advance of a "public philosophy" that integrates shared ideas and values into our social constitution and articulates a consensus imaginative and prescient of society's future.The carrying on with power of yank idea stems, to a wide quantity, from the applying of its ancient roots embedded in modern difficulties and concerns. but for your time the sign contributions of Josiah Royce (1855-1916) were neglected within the formula and shaping of serious parts of public coverage. during this brilliantly articulated new e-book, ethicist Jacquelyn Kegley conscientiously explicates and enlarges the scope of Roycean concept and indicates that Royce's perspectives on public philosophy have direct and helpful software to present social problems.Working from the belief that problems with kin, schooling, and healthiness care should not in simple terms exigent political tempests yet parts of real, long-lasting obstacle, Kegley opens clean views on Royce's philosophy via introducing and utilizing his rules to discussions of ways we take care of ourselves and our society at the present time. She analyzes Roycean standards that may be effectively used to nourish developmental levels inside of households, advertise highbrow and social development in education and scholarship, and maintain actual and psychological healthiness in the course of the existence cycle.Genuine contributors and real groups will be a springboard for the reassessment of latest public coverage and the reapplication of the yankee philosophical legacy to present concerns and judgements. Kegley's paintings serves as a pretty good contribution either to public philosophy and to the continuing energy of yankee suggestion, and it extends the diversity of either.

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Unfortunately, most discussions of the problems of family, of the educational system, and of health care are not informed by any clear and adequate concept of human personhood or by the ways in which each individual might be supported to reach Page x fuller human development. It is my hope that this book will begin to provide such a foundation. This book also represents the coming together of a number of personal interests and aspects of my own life. My interaction with the thought of Josiah Royce has been a career-long endeavor, and it has now coalesced with a life-long interest in applying philosophy to problems of everyday concern.

His very last philosophical effort concerned the great war and Germany's betrayal of human society. 33 Royce's philosophy is, in fact, of one integrated artistic piece; his metaphysics and epistemology are ground in and interweave with his ethics and his social and political philosophy. Indeed, Royce's philosophy of self and his metaphysical understanding of the nature of the individual and the relationship of individuals to each other and to the community are what give substance and fecundity to his social and political philosophy, making Royce's work peculiarly relevant and useful to today's needs.

77 Dewey's question, spelled out, is how can an individual committed to free and open inquiry build a creative, radical democracy, one which questions the economically based society, thus transforming it into a true participatory democracy based on both liberty and equality? Royce's question is, How can essentially sinful, egocentric, individuals and communities build a genuine community in which genuine conversation and communication is possible, where there is "unity within variety" and where each person cares for the other?

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