John J. Stuhr

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and American Studies

Department of Philosophy

Office: Bowden Hall 317

Phone: 404.727.9965

Fax: 404.712.9425


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • BA, Carleton College
  • MA, Vanderbilt University
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University


  • social theory and political philosophy, ethics, pragmatism and American philosophy, 19th and 20th century European philosophy, philosophy and contemporary culture

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Pragmatic Fashions: Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd (Indiana University Press, 2016)      
    • Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and the Future of Philosophy (Routledge, 2003)
    • Genealogical Pragmatism: Philosophy, Experience, and Community (SUNY Press, 1997)
    • John Dewey (Carmichael & Carmichael, 1991; study guide, 1993; Blackstone, cd, 2006)                
  • Editor of
    • Cosmopolitanism and Place (co-edited with Jessica Wahman and José M. Medina) (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2017)
    • 100 Years of Pragmatism: William James's 'Epoch-Making' Philosophy (Indiana, 2010)
    • Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2000)
    • Philosophy and the Reconstruction of Culture (SUNY Press, 1993)

Fellowships and Honors

  • Founding Director, American Philosophies Forum (2008--) Click Here:
  • The American Philosophies Forum - Emory University
    Mission Recognizing the pluralistic, frequently contested character of American life, the American Philosophies Forum aims: 1) to contribute to the critical ...
  • Co-Editor and Managing Editor, Journal of Speculative Philosophy (1998--) Click Here:
  • Founding Series General Editor, American Philosophy, Indiana University Press (2003) Click Here:
  • Marcus Foundation Large Institutional Grant (2008, 2014)
  • Co-Director, Summer Workshop (on Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism), Institute for the History of Philosophy, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University (2016-17, 2011, 2006)
  • American Philosophy Research Grant, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, (2007)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Lotus Eaters Honor Society/Pi Beta Phi, Vanderbilt University (2007)
  • President, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (2004-06)
  • Director, "Contested Values and Moral Reasoning in International Affairs," Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (2004)
  • Co-Director, NEH Summer Seminar on Art, Politics, and American Culture and Pragmatism, National Endowment for the Humanities (2001)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre Michel Foucault (IMES), Paris, France (1994)
  • Director, Western Humanities Conference (1990-93)
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Lenningrad State University (1991)
  • Founding Steering Committee, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (1988-1994)
  • Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Fellow, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (1988)
  • Fulbright Fellow, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Germany (1984)
  • Greenlee Prize, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (1981)
  • President, Northwest Philosophy Conference (1981)

Current Work

--Following my most recent book publications--Pragmatic Fashions: Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd (in which I developed, in part through paintings, photographs, and poetry, an account of philosophies as expressions of personal vision and explored the political consequences of this view) and Cosmopolitanism and Place (a co-edited volume that critically assesses the universalist ideals of cosmopolitanism in light of realities of different places, powers, and senses of self—I am now working on several projects.  They include:

--an interdisciplinary project on “The Humanities and Human Flourishing,” a multi-year project funded by the Templeton Foundation.  I am the philosophy director of this project which involves scholars in ethics and social and political philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and other fields.  The project is slated to result in 12 volumes, the first of which will be Philosophy and Human Flourishing.

--a book, tentatively titled No Array of Books Can Save Us:  William James and Pragmatism as a Way of Life, an analysis and assessment for contemporary life of James’s pragmatism, radical empiricism, and pluralism. 

--another book, tentatively titled Experience and Culture, the first half of is the first full-length account of John Dewey’s theory of experience and the second half of which develops the reconstruction this theory works for our understanding of philosophy itself, philosophy understood as cultural criticism. 

--several other writing projects:  a journal article on the meaning of nationalism in a time of authoritarianism; a journal article on the nature of mood, emotion, temperament, and the political uses and misuses of mood in a democracy; a book chapter of pragmatism, politics, and power; a journal article on similarities and differences between Deleuze’s concept of transcendental empiricism and James’s notion of radical empiricism; and a co-edited book, titled Poetic Pragmatism:  Shared Practice and Singular Voices

--I regularly teach undergraduate courses in ethics, political philosophy, pragmatism (and a related course on pragmatism, feminism, and socialism), 19th and 20th century philosophy, and a senior seminar on ethics, politics, and law.  My most recent graduate seminars include:  Deleuze:  Difference, Sense, Politics; Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism; Political Philosophy:  Liberalism and Its Critics; Radical Empiricism; Cosmopolitanism:  Greek and Roman, Enlightenment, and Contemporary; and Contemporary Pragmatism.

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