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The Philosophy of Loyalty

Author(s): Josiah Royce

Editor(s): John J. McDermott

A transitional book in the development of Royce's thought, originally published in 1908, The Philosophy of Loyalty is a key to understanding his influence on the development of pragmatism. Royce's basic argument is clear. Individual wills are a given, and social training is a natural aspect of community.

Biography of Author(s)

John J. McDermott, author of the introduction to this new edition, is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Head of Humanities in Medicine at Texas A&M University. He is the editor of five volumes of scholarly editions of the writings of William James, John Dewey, and Josiah Royce, as well as several textbooks and collections of philosophical essays.

Biography of Editor(s)


  • This new edition of The Philosophy of Loyalty, with the addition of John McDermott's excellent introduction, should stimulate a lively debate among moral theorists. As one of the first volumes in the Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy, it foretokens an outstanding series of publications.
    --John Clendenning, author of The Life and Thought of Josiah Royce