Another White Man's Burden: Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of White Racial Empire

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Royce, racism and the colonial ideal: white supremacy, imperialism, and the role of assimilation in Josiah Royce's Aberdeen address -- Race questions and the Black problem: Royce's call for British administration as a solution to the Black peril -- No revisions needed: historicizing Royce's provincialism, his appeal to the white man's burden, and contemporary claims of his anti-racism -- On the dark arts: the ethnological foundations of Royce's idealism as derivative from Joseph Le Conte's 'southern problems'; or the evolutionary basis of Royce's assimilationist program.

Another white Man's Burden performs a case study of Josiah Royce's philosophy of racial difference. In an effort to lay bare the ethnological racial heritage of American philosophy, Tommy J. Curry challenges the common notion that the cultural racism of the twentieth century was more progressive and less racist than the biological determinism of the 1800s. Like many white thinkers of his time, Royce believed in the superiority of the white races. Unlike today however, whiteness did not represent only one racial designation but many. Contrary to the view of the British-born Germanophile philosopher Houston S. Chamberlain, for example, who insisted upon the superiority of the Teutonic races, Royce believed it was the Anglo-Saxon lineage that possessed the key to Western civilization. It was the birthright of white America, he believed, to join the imperial ventures of Britain--to take up the white man's burden. To this end he advocated the domestic colonization of Blacks in the American South, suggested that America's xenophobia was natural and necessary to protecting the culture of white America, and demanded the assimilation and elimination of cultural difference for the stability of America's communities. Another white Man's Burden reminds philosophers that racism has been part of the building blocks of American thought for centuries, and that this must be recognized and addressed in order for its proclamations of democracy, community, and social problems to have real meaning
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages276
ISBN (Print)9781438470740
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameSUNY series in American philosophy and cultural thought
PublisherState University of New York Press


  • Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916
  • White nationalism -- United States
  • Imperialism
  • Racism
  • United States -- Race relations


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