Insuring the Community against Loss: Roycean Reflections on the Tasks of Interpretation

The Pluralist 8 (2):36-59 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In his final years, Josiah Royce worked to develop his theories of community and interpretation in practical directions. In particular, he developed an account of insurance as a special community of interpretation, and proposed the creation of an international board of insurance as a deterrent for war. Rather than evaluating Royce’s policy recommendations, this paper explores how his conception of insurance clarifies his account of interpretation. For Royce, insurance provides the best model for communal interpretation thus far because an insurer seeks to prevent loss in the face of risky action, in addition to adjudicating between competing claims. This paper concludes with some reflections on how the problem of moral hazard can inform a Roycean conception of philosophy.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 84,179

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Sin, Sorrow, and Suffering: A Roycean Response to These Deeper Tragedies of Life1.Kim Garchar - 2012 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 33 (1):57.
Interpretation: Towards a Roycean Political Philosophy.Peter Fuss - 1967 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 21 (1/2=79/80):120.
A Roycean Road to Community.Frank M. Oppenheim - 1970 - International Philosophical Quarterly 10 (3):341-377.
The Roycean Roots of the Beloved Community.Gary Herstein - 2009 - The Pluralist 4 (2):91 - 107.
On some paradoxes of the infinite II.Victor Allis & Teun Koetsier - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (2):235-247.
Rethinking Community in the Global Age.Elena Pulcini - 2010 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 2 (3):87-101.
The Expiation of Authority.Jason Kemp Winfree - 2005 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (1):175-195.


Added to PP

86 (#161,090)

6 months
3 (#247,768)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Daniel Brunson
Morgan State University

Citations of this work

Add more citations

References found in this work

The development of Royce's later philosophy.Bruce Kuklick - 1971 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 9 (3):349-367.

Add more references