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Locating Royce's Reasoning on Race

Locating Royce's Reasoning on Race Locating Royce’s Reasoning on Race m ar ily n fischer University of Dayton i n t h e fa l l 2 0 0 9 issu e of The Pluralist, Tommy Curry and Dwayne Tunstall challenged the current, dominant view of Royce as an antiracist. In “Royce, Racism, and the Colonial Ideal,” Curry presents Royce as a white supremacist, an admirer of British colonialism, and an advocate of black assimilation to Anglo-Saxon cultural practices (14–15). Tunstall, in “Josiah Royce’s ‘Enlightened’ Antiblack Racism?,” presents Royce as a non-essentialist regarding race, yet as a cultural antiblack racist, with a colonial attitude com- parable to that held by John Stuart Mill (Tunstall 40). In the same issue of The Pluralist, Jacquelyn Kegley analyzes Royce’s 1905 essay, “Race Questions and Prejudices,” and maintains that Royce was a progressive antiracist, although she acknowledges that he shared some biases of the time (Kegley 8). Scott Pratt and Shannon Sullivan basically agree with Kegley in their introductions to the 2009 reissue of Royce’s 1908 collection of essays, Race Questions, Pro- vincialism, and Other American Problems. Setting Royce’s essays in the context of his philosophy of loyalty, Pratt presents Royce as racially inclusive, with an egalitarian and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Locating Royce's Reasoning on Race

The Pluralist , Volume 7 – Mar 2, 2012

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Abstract

Locating Royce’s Reasoning on Race m ar ily n fischer University of Dayton i n t h e fa l l 2 0 0 9 issu e of The Pluralist, Tommy Curry and Dwayne Tunstall challenged the current, dominant view of Royce as an antiracist. In “Royce, Racism, and the Colonial Ideal,” Curry presents Royce as a white supremacist, an admirer of British colonialism, and an advocate of black assimilation to Anglo-Saxon cultural practices (14–15). Tunstall, in “Josiah Royce’s ‘Enlightened’ Antiblack Racism?,” presents Royce as a non-essentialist regarding race, yet as a cultural antiblack racist, with a colonial attitude com- parable to that held by John Stuart Mill (Tunstall 40). In the same issue of The Pluralist, Jacquelyn Kegley analyzes Royce’s 1905 essay, “Race Questions and Prejudices,” and maintains that Royce was a progressive antiracist, although she acknowledges that he shared some biases of the time (Kegley 8). Scott Pratt and Shannon Sullivan basically agree with Kegley in their introductions to the 2009 reissue of Royce’s 1908 collection of essays, Race Questions, Pro- vincialism, and Other American Problems. Setting Royce’s essays in the context of his philosophy of loyalty, Pratt presents Royce as racially inclusive, with an egalitarian and

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The PluralistUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 2, 2012

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