A good friend of mine monitors all things Josiah Royce. She passed along this tidbit earlier today (from here):
[California Governor Jerry] Brown has more immediate concerns, including his annual budget proposal and State of the State address in January.
In preparation for the latter Brown said he is reading Josiah Royce, a philosopher who was born in Grass Valley in the 1800s and who Brown said “had something called the philosophy of loyalty.”
Brown said he hasn’t decided if Royce or his ideas about loyalty will make it into the address, but he said, “I’m thinking about whether that can apply to California … You’ve got to have a sense that it’s more important than your own particular interest.”
This caused me to wonder how much we know about the links between American philosophers and politicians as a general class, past and present. Continue reading