Josiah Royce (1855-1916) was a professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University.
His published works include:
Primer of Logical Analysis for the Use of Composition Students (1881),
The Religious Aspect of Philosophy (1885) and
The Spirit of Modern Philosophy (1892). The collection consists of writings by and about Josiah Royce, copies of his correspondence, books, clippings and
Royce was born on November 20, 1855 in Grass Valley, California; AB, University of California at Berkeley, 1875; studied at
Leipzig and Göttingen Universities (1875-76), and then entered Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D in 1878;
instructor in English literature and logic (1878-82), University of California at Berkeley; instructor in philosophy (1882-85),
assistant professor (1885-92), professor of the history of philosophy (1892-1914), and in 1914 was named Alford professor
of natural religion, moral philosophy, and civil polity, Harvard University; published works include: Primer of Logical Analysis for the Use of Composition Students (1881), The Religious Aspect of Philosophy (1885), The Spirit of Modern Philosophy (1892), The Conception of God (1895), The World and the Individual (1899, 1901), and The Problem of Christianity (2 vols., 1913); he died on September 14, 1916 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.In 1927 the Regents of the University of California approved a recommendation that the main classroom building on the new
Westwood campus of the University be named Royce Hall in honor of the great American scholar and philosopher, Josiah Royce.
The Department of Philosophy on this campus undertook the task of assembling a Josiah Royce Memorial Collection to be placed
in a designated alcove of the building, known as the Josiah Royce Alcove.