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Fall 2017


Josiah Royce (1855-1916) -- Philosophy, Environmental ethics, Human ecology, Environmental ethics


This article surveys recent attempts to articulate the latent environmental philosophy of Josiah Royce (Selk; Oppenheim; Price; Bell; Minteer; Brunson) and to assess the merits and flaws of these attempts. It will then orient Royce's latent environmental philosophy within the context of contemporary methodologies of environmental ethics in the hopes of demonstrating Royce's relevance and potential to these engagements of current ecological crises. It will conclude by articulating a unique perspective of loyalty to nature founded on a Roycean appeal to moral perfectionism, his response to the egoism of Friedrich Nietzsche, and a blending of the sources presented at the outset. As shall be demonstrated, loyalty to nature provides a novel pragmatic alternative to the anthropocentric-biocentric axiology and a richer, more comprehensive view of humanity's relationship to fellow natural beings, the land, the planet, and nature itself.


NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Pluralist. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The Pluralist, Fall 2017, 10.5406/pluralist.12.3.0058.



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