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The German Translation of Royce's Epistemology by Husserl's Student Winthrop Bell: A Neglected Bridge of Pragmatic-Phenomenological Interpretation?

The German Translation of Royce's Epistemology by Husserl's Student Winthrop Bell: A... articles The German Translation of Royce’s Epistemology by Husserl’s Student Winthrop Bell: A Neglected Bridge of Pragmatic-Phenomenological Interpretation? jason m. bell Mount Allison University Herr Royce ist doch ein bedeutender Denker und darf nur als solcher behandelt werden. (“Royce is an important thinker, and may only be treated as such.”) —Edmund Husserl schol ars of pr agm atism and of phenomenology have observed striking similarities between Josiah Royce and Edmund Husserl, foundational thinkers at the origins of two major philosophical movements whose effects are still strongly felt in the present day—Royce being considered a central founder of American pragmatic idealism, and Husserl of modern German phenomenol- ogy. Other scholars have noted striking similarities between Royce’s thought and that of the broader circle of phenomenology. Can we discover in these relations definitive historical influences, rather than mere coincidences? One of the most promising leads, a dissertation on Royce’s epistemology written under Husserl’s direction and at Husserl’s re- quest, has not yet been sufficiently explored. The dissertation Eine kritische Untersuchung der Erkenntnistheorie Josiah Royce’s was completed in 1914 by A con- Winthrop Pickard Bell, Husserl’s first North American PhD student. sideration of Bell’s translations of Royce into German in this dissertation, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

The German Translation of Royce's Epistemology by Husserl's Student Winthrop Bell: A Neglected Bridge of Pragmatic-Phenomenological Interpretation?

The Pluralist , Volume 6 – Mar 18, 2011

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articles The German Translation of Royce’s Epistemology by Husserl’s Student Winthrop Bell: A Neglected Bridge of Pragmatic-Phenomenological Interpretation? jason m. bell Mount Allison University Herr Royce ist doch ein bedeutender Denker und darf nur als solcher behandelt werden. (“Royce is an important thinker, and may only be treated as such.”) —Edmund Husserl schol ars of pr agm atism and of phenomenology have observed striking similarities between Josiah Royce and Edmund Husserl, foundational thinkers at the origins of two major philosophical movements whose effects are still strongly felt in the present day—Royce being considered a central founder of American pragmatic idealism, and Husserl of modern German phenomenol- ogy. Other scholars have noted striking similarities between Royce’s thought and that of the broader circle of phenomenology. Can we discover in these relations definitive historical influences, rather than mere coincidences? One of the most promising leads, a dissertation on Royce’s epistemology written under Husserl’s direction and at Husserl’s re- quest, has not yet been sufficiently explored. The dissertation Eine kritische Untersuchung der Erkenntnistheorie Josiah Royce’s was completed in 1914 by A con- Winthrop Pickard Bell, Husserl’s first North American PhD student. sideration of Bell’s translations of Royce into German in this dissertation,

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Published: Mar 18, 2011

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