John J. McDermott

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Dr. John J. McDermott
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
314 Bolton Hall
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4237
Voice: 979-845-1856.
Web: http://www.pragmatism.org/library/mcdermott/mcdermott.htm


 

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CURRICULUM VITAE

(Abbreviated)

 

Areas of Specialization

Classical American Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture, Medical Humanities, Philosophy of Education, Existentialism

 

Education

B.A. (Cum Laude) St. Francis College, 1953, Philosophy

M.A. Fordham University, 1954, Philosophy

Ph.D. (With Great Distinction) Fordham University, 1959, Philosophy

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Union Theological Graduate School, 1964-1965, American Studies                                         

L.L.D. (Honoris Causa) University of Hartford, 1970 (for Contribution to Higher Education)

 

Teaching

Loughlin High School - Latin & English, 1953-1954

St. Francis College - Philosophy & English, 1954-1957

Queens College, C.U.N.Y.- Philosophy, 1956-1977 (Doctoral Faculty, 1970-77)

Texas A & M University - Philosophy and Humanities, 1977- present; Family and Community Medicine, 1981-1982; Humanities in Medicine, 1982-present.

 

Selected Honors and Awards

Queens College Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1969-1970

E. Harris Harbison National Award for Gifted Teaching (Danforth Foundation) - 1970

Chosen as the first lifetime Fellow of the American Montessori Society

Received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University, May 1983

Recipient of Former Students Research Award, Texas A&M University, May 1989

Received the Herbert W. Schneider Award for "Distinguished Contributions to the Understanding and Development of American Philosophy," from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 1993

Morton N. Cohen Award given for A Distinguished Edition of Letters, Volume VI of The Correspondence of William James, from the Modern Language Association, 1999. (Given to the Editors of the Correspondence).

Received Distinguished Research Award. College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University.  2000.

Endowment of the Speakership of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate in the name of John J. McDermott (provided by Samuel H. Black), 2001.

Conference on the teaching and work of John J. McDermott held at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, October 2001.

Conference on the teaching and work of John J. McDermott held at C.W. Post College - Long Island University, June 2002.

Appointed Lifetime Fellow - William James Society, 2002.

Banquet in honor of McDermott's fifty years of teaching held at Seattle University, April 11, 2003.

Recipient of the 2004 John Dewey Society Achievement Award (presented in San Diego, April 12, 2004).

University Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching from the Association of Former Students, May 2004.

Presidential Professor Award for Teaching Excellence in perpetuity, May 2004.

Selected as Piper Professor of 2005 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for outstanding scholarly and academic achievement.

 

Grants

As Principal Investigator, Project Director and General Editor of a multi-volume Critical Edition of The Correspondence of William James, grants were received from the National Endowment for the Humanities (~$1,400,000) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (~$175,000).

 

University Service

Presidential Search Advisory Committee, 2006-07

Executive Committee of Distinguished Professors, 2005-

Charter Speaker of the Faculty Senate, 1984

Head of Humanities in Medicine, 1982-90

Head of Philosophy Department, 1977-81

 

Professional Societies

American Association of University Professors, Former President of Texas A&M Chapter

American Montessori Society, Lifetime Fellow, a founder and former Vice President and member of the Board of Directors

American Philosophical Association

John Dewey Society

Josiah Royce Society, President 2005-07, Critical Edition Committee 2006-08

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Former President and one of five founders

Society of Philosophers in America, Board of Trustees

Southwestern Philosophical Society, Appointed Member of the Editorial Board

William James Society, Former President, Lifetime Fellow

 


 

Selected Publications

 

BOOKS

 

The Writings of William James  - A Comprehensive Edition (New York:  Random House, 1967), xlviii, 858.  Edited with Introduction and annotated bibliography.

 

The Writings of William James (New York: The Modern Library, l968), G96.

 

The Writings of William James (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1977).  New Preface and editorial corrections.

 

The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, 2 vols. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969).  Edited with Introduction and Commentary.

 

The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, 2 vols. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005) New Introduction.

 

The Philosophy of John Dewey, 2 vols. (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1973). Paperback Edition, Vol. I, xlii, 354; Vol. II, xlii, 469.  Edited with an Introduction and extensive commentary.  Clothe edition, 1974.

 

The Philosophy of John Dewey, 2 vols. in one (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1981).  New Preface and editorial corrections.

 

The Culture of Experience: Philosophical Essays in the American Grain (New York: New York University Press, 1976), xxv, 235. Paperback Edition, 1977.

 

 The Culture of Experience: Philosophical Essays in the American Grain (Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press, l987), xxiv, 231. New Preface, xv-xvi.

 

A Cultural Introduction to Philosophy, From Antiquity to Descartes (New York:  Alfred Knopf, 1985), xx, 837.  Edited with Commentary, Headnotes, Time-Line, Maps, Illustrations.  A companion volume, From Descartes to the Twentieth Century is in progress.

 

Streams of Experience: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of American Culture (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 1986), xxiv, 266.  Paperback Edition, 1987.

 

Streams of Experience:  Reflections on the History and Philosophy of American Culture  (Islamabad, Pakistan: National Book Foundation, 1989), xxiv, 266.

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James (William and Henry), 1861-1884, Volume I. Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley. (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1992), lxi, 477. (Foreword, xiii-xv).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James (William and Henry), 1885-1896, Volume II. Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley. (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1993), lx, 514.  (Foreword, xiii-xv).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James (William and Henry), 1897-1910,  Volume III.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1994), lxvii, 517. (Foreword, xv-xvii).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, 1856-1877, Volume IV.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1995), lii, 714. (Foreword, xv-xvii).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, 1878-1884, Volume V.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1997), lvi, 677.  (Foreword, xvii-xx).

 

General Editor, William and Henry James:  Selected Letters.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1997), xxxii, 570. (Introduction, vii-xxviii).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, 1885-1889, Volume VI.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1998), xlvi, 746.  (Foreword, xvii-xx).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, 1890-1894, Volume VII.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1999), lix, 745.  (Foreword, xvii-xx).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, 1895-June1899, Volume VIII.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 2000), lxiii, 762.  (Foreword, xix-xxii).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, July 1899-1901, Volume IX.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 2001), lvi, 752.  (Foreword, xvii-xx).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, 1902-March 1905, Volume X.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 2002), lxiii, 759.  (Foreword, xxi-xxiv).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, April 1905-1908, Volume XI.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville: The University of Virgina Press, 2003), lxiv, 772. (Foreward, xix-xxii).

 

General Editor, The Correspondence of William James, April 1908- 1910, Volume XII.  Edited by Ignas Skrupskelis and Elizabeth Berkeley.  (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 2004), lxi, 793.  (Foreword, xix-xxiii; Afterword, 577-579).

 

Experience as Philosophy: On the Work of John J. McDermott. eds. James Campbell and Richard E. Hart.  American Philosophy Series. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006.) ix, 322.  (Afterword: You are Really Able, 237-271; Complete Bibliography of the Writings of John J. McDermott, 293-315).

 

McDermott, John J. The Drama of Possibility: Experience as Philosophy of Culture. ed. Douglas Anderson. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007. xii, 564.

 

ARTICLES

 

 "Martin Buber's I - Thou Philosophy,"  The Bridge, a Yearbook of Judaeo-Christian Studies (New York: Pantheon Books, 1958): 187-208.

   

"The Experience of Form as Process," (New York: Paul Klapper Library Art Center, 1962), 15 pages with illustrations selected by the author.

 

"Maria Montessori," Introduction to M. Montessori - Her Life and Work, by E.M. Standing  (New York: New American Library, 1962):  xi-xv.

 

"The Future of Education," Commonweal 75, no. 24 (March 19, 1962):  619-620.  A reply to Thomas Molnar.

 

"Montessori and the New America,"  Building the Foundations for Creative Learning, ed. Urban H. Fleege  (New York: American Montessori Society, 1964): 10-28.

 

"Martin Buber and Hans Urs von Balthasar - A Commentary," Cross Currents 13, no. 1 (winter 1963): 115-121.

 

"Liberty and Order," Introduction to Spontaneous Activity in Education, by Maria Montessori (New York: Schocken Books, 1965), xi-xxvii.

 

"The American Angle of Vision - I, Historical Dimensions,"  Cross Currents 15, no. 1 (winter 1965): 69-93.

 

"The American Angle of Vision - II, Philosophical Dimensions,"  Cross Currents 15, no. 4 (fall 1965): 433-460.

 

"The Community of Experience and Religious Metaphors," New Themes in Christian Philosophy, ed. Ralph McInerny (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1968), 82-106.

 

"To Be Human Is to Humanize: A Radically Empirical Aesthetic," American Philosophy and the Future, ed. Michael Novak (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1968), 21-59.

 

"Privacy and Social Therapy," Soundings 51, no. 2 (summer 1968): 346-357.

 

"Deprivation and Celebration: Suggestions for an Aesthetic Ecology," New Essays in Phenomenology, ed. James Edie (Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1969), 116-130.

 

"Nature Nostalgia and the City: An American Dilemma," Soundings 55, no. 1 (spring 1972): 1-20; The Family, Communes and Utopian Societies, ed. S. Te Selle (New York: Harper Torch Books, 1972), 1-20.

 

"Feeling as Insight -- The Affective Dimension of Social Diagnosis,"  Hippocrates Revisited, ed. R. J. Bulger, M. D. (Washington: Medcom Publishers, 1973), 166-180.

 

"Space, Time, and Touch: Philosophical Dimensions of Urban Consciousness," Soundings 57, no. 3 (fall 1974): 253-274.

 

"A Metaphysics of Relations: James' Anticipation of Contemporary Experience," The Philosophy of William James, ed. W. Robert Corti (Winterthur: Archive Fur Genetische Philosophie, 1976), 81-99.

 

Introduction to Essays in Radical Empiricism, by William James, Vol. 3 of the Critical Edition of The Collected Works of William James (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1976), xi-xlviii.

 

"The Renascence of Classical American Philosophy," American Studies International 16, no. 3 (spring 1978): 5-17;  Sources for American Studies, eds. Jefferson Kellogg and Robert H. Walker (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983), 315-330; Revue Francaise D'Etudes Americanes 12 (November l978): 487-504; "Appendix" Streams of Experience: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of American Culture (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 1986) 223-234; "Epilogue," The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy, ed. Armen T. Marsoobian and John Ryder (Malden: Blackwell, 2004) 397-406; Blackwell Guide in Russian Translation by Lyubov Bugaeva (Idea Press, 2007).

 

Introduction to Essays in Philosophy, by William James, Vol. 5 of the Critical Edition of  The Collected Works of William James (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978), xi-xxv.

 

Foreword to Chaos and Context - A Study in William James by Charlene Seigfried (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1978), ix-xiii.

 

"Robert C. Pollock 1901-1978," The Proceedings of the American Philosophical Association 52, no. 1 (September 1978): 17-18.  Obituary.

 

"Spires of Influence:  Emerson and the Classical American Philosophers,"  History, Religion and Spiritual Democracy, Essays in Honor of Joseph L. Blau, ed. Maurice Wohlgelertner (New York: Columbia University Press, 1980), 181-202.

 

"Do Not Bequeath a Shamble:  The Children of the Twenty-First Century," The American Montessori Society Bulletin 18, no. 3 (New York: The American Montessori Society, 1980): 1-10; Across the Curriculum, eds. Rose Zimbardo and Martin Stevens (New York: Longmans, 1985), 406-422.

 

"Philosophical Prospects for a New World," Two Centuries of Philosophy in America, ed. Peter Caws (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1980), 240-249.

 

"The Promethean Self and Community in the Philosophy of William James," Rice Studies 66, no. 4 (fall 1980): 87-101.

 

"Transiency and Amelioration: An American Bequest for the New Millennium," Rice Studies, 66, no. 4 (fall 1980): 1-14.

 

"The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama," Faculty Lecture Series (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University, 1980), 1-28.

 

"Isolation as Starvation: John Dewey and a Philosophy of the Handicapped," A New Challenge to the Educational Dream:  The Handicapped, ed. J. A. Kegley (Bakersfield: California State College, 1981), 48-66;  Cross Currents 33, no. 2 (summer 1983): 158-170.

 

"The Handicapped:  Education and Consciousness Raising,"  A New Challenge to the Educational Dream:  The Handicapped, (Bakersfield:  California State College, 1981), 127-131.

 

"The Inevitability of Our Own Death: The Celebration of Time as a Prelude to Disaster," The Texas Humanist 3, no. 7, (April 1981): 15.

 

"From Cynicism to Amelioration: Strategies for a Cultural Pedagogy," Pragmatism: Its Sources and Prospects, eds., Robert Mulvaney and Philip Zeltner (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1981), 69-96.

 

Introduction to Essays in Religion and Morality, by William James, Vol. 9 of the Critical Edition of The Collected Works of William James (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982), xi-xxviii.

 

"The University: The Nectar Is in the Journey," Fortnightly 12, no. 17 (August 27, 1982): 9-11.

 

"America: The Loneliness of the Quest," The Teacher's College Record 85, no. 2 (winter 1983): 275-290.

 

"The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy after Ten Years," The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter, no. 34 (March 28, 1983).

 

"Glass Without Feet:  Dimensions of Urban Aesthetics," The Texas Humanist 6, no. 3 (January/February 1984): 5-11; Philosophy, Technology and Human Affairs, ed. Larry Hickman (College Station, Texas: Ibis Press, 1985),  325-336.

 

"Cultural Literacy: Time for a New Curriculum," The Humanities in Precollegiate Education, Part II of the Eighty-Third Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, ed. Benjamin Ladner (Chicago: International Society for the Study of Education, 1984), 39-56.

 

Introduction to Maria Montessori, by E. M. Standing (New York: New American Library, 1984), xi-xvi.

 

"Personscape," Humanities 6, no. 2 (summer 1984): 7-9.  Published by the Illinois Humanities Council.

 

"Experiential Nutrition in the Life of the Child: The Obfuscation of Adult Assumptions," Texas Humanist 7, no. 1 (September-October 1984): 11-13.

 

"Classical American Philosophy: A Reflective Bequest to the Twenty-First Century," The Journal of Philosophy 81, no. 11 (November 1984): 663-675.

 

Introduction to Rorty Symposium on American Pragmatism, The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 21, no. 1 (winter 1985): 1-8.

 

"The University: The Nectar Is in the Journey," "I am Honored to be Here today..." Commencement Speeches by Notable Personalities, ed. Donald Grunewald (New York: Oceana , Inc., 1985), 159-166.

 

"Urban Time," Philosophy, Technology and Human Affairs, ed. Larry Hickman (College Station, Texas: Ibis Press, 1985), 325-336.

 

"Presence, The Transco Tower," Texas Journal 8, no. 1 (fall-winter 1985): 18-20, 52.

 

"Adults and Children: The Lock on the Gate," The Constructive Triangle 12, no. 4 (fall 1985): 6-9, 13. Published by the American Montessori Society.

 

"The Stethoscope as Talisman:  Medical Technology and Loneliness," Technology and Freedom, The Proceedings of a New Liberal Arts Symposium 4 (March 29-30, 1985): 24-33.  Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The IBM Corporation and Davidson College.

 

"The Stethoscope as Talisman: Medical Technology and Loneliness," Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Newsletter 42, no. 2 (February 1986): 21-24. Excerpt from a lecture and an interview.

 

"From Prairie Schooner to Skyscraper," High and Low in American Culture, ed. Charlotte Kretzoi (Budapest: L. Eotvos Lorand University Press, 1986), 167-180.

 

"Josiah Royce's Philosophy of the Community," American Philosophy: Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series 19, ed. Marcus G. Singer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 153-176.

 

Afterword in Texas Country: The Changing Rural Scene, eds. Glen E. Lich and Dona B. Reeves-Marquardt (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1986), 243-246.

 

"Technology and the City: Scrapping for Urban Human Space," The Rowlett Report, Technology: Its Role and Image in Architecture, (April 4, 1986), 6-13.  Proceedings of the Rowlett Lecture/Symposium under the auspices of the Department of Architecture with the support of the Texas Architectural Foundation and CRS/Sirrine at Texas A&M University.

 

"Pragmatic Sensibility: The Morality of Experience," New Directions in Ethics: The Challenge of Applied  Ethics, eds. Joseph P. DeMarco and Richard M. Fox (New  York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986), 113-134.

 

Introduction to Liberalism and Social Action and Other Essays, by John Dewey, Vol. 11 of  The Later Works of John Dewey, ed. Jo Ann Boydston (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987), xi-xxxii.

 

Introduction on "The Contemporary Significance of William James," Classical American Philosophy, ed. John J. Stuhr (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), 93-107.

 

"Experience Grows by Its Edges:  A Phenomenology of Relations in an American Philosophical Vein,"  Pragmatism Considers Phenomenology, eds. Robert S. Corrington, Carl Hausman and Thomas M. Seebohm (Washington, D. C.: Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology and The University Press of America, 1987), 165-186.

 

"Dialogue - Letter on Urban Aesthetics," The Texas Observer, (August 14, l987): 6.

 

"Gamble for Excellence: John Dewey's Pedagogy of Experience,"  Values and Value Theory in Twentieth-Century America:  Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Flower, ed. Murray G. Murphy and Ivar Berg (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988), 101-121.

 

"The Teaching of Philosophy - Historically," Newsletters on Feminism, Law, Medicine, Teaching - American Philosophical Association 88, no. 1 (November 1988): 55-60; In the Socratic Tradition:  Essays on Teaching Philosophy, ed. Tziporah Kasachkoff (New York: Roman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998), 169-180; In the Socratic Tradition, ed. T. Kasachkoff (second edition) (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) 149-166.

 

"‘Life Is in the Transitions': Radical Empiricism and Contemporary Concerns," Doctrine and Experience: Essays in American Philosophy, ed. Vincent G. Potter (New York: Fordham University Press, 1988), 104-120.

 

"Philosophy," Handbook for the Study of the United States, eds. William Bate and Perry Frank (Washington: United States Information Agency, 1988), 107-110.

 

"A Relational World: The Significance of the Thought of William James for Twentieth-Century Culture," Philosophie et Culture, ed. Venant Cauchy, Vol. 4 (Montreal: Editions Montmorency, Universite de Montreal, 1988), 797-804.  Proceedings of the XVIIth World Congress of Philosophy.

 

"Regulatory and Other Public Policy Issues," by William A. Hyman, Vincent M. Brannigan, John J. McDermott, George T. Willingmyre, and Norman F. Estrin, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine 8, no. 3 (September 1989): 33-40.

 

"The Hidden Life of Technological Artifacts," Lifeworld and Technology, eds. Timothy Casey and Lester Embree (Washington, D. C.: Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology and The University Press of America, 1990), 289-301.

 

"The Importance of Cultural Pedagogy," Thinking The Journal of Philosophy for Children 9, no. 3 (1991):  2-4.  Published by The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, a part of Montclair State College.

 

"The Importance of a Cultural Pedagogy," National Faculty Forum (winter 1991):  607.  Published by the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; Thinking Children and Education, ed. Matthew Lipman (Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt, 1993), 705-707.

 

"Why Bother:  Is Life Worth Living?,"  Journal of Philosophy 88, no. 11 (November 1991): 667-683.

 

Preface to C.I. Lewis and the Social Theory of Conceptualistic Pragmatism, by Paul Colella (San Francisco:  Edwin Mellen Research University Press, 1992), xi-xv.

 

"Roots and Edges," Frontiers in American Philosophy, eds. Robert W. Burch and Herman J. Saatkamp, Vol. 1 (College Station, Texas:  Texas A&M University Press, 1992), xiii-xx.  A prose poem.

 

Foreword to The Pluralistic Philosophy of Stephen Crane, by Patrick K. Dooley (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993), ix-xii.

 

"Why Bother:  Is Life Worth Living?  Experience as Pedagogical," Philosophy and the Reconstruction of Culture, ed. John J. Stuhr (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993), 273-283.

 

"A Sometime Companion," Overhead in Seville--Bulletin of the Santayana Society no. 11 (fall 1993): 11-14.  Commentary on the aesthetics of George Santayana.

 

"Ill-at-Ease: The Natural Travail of Ontological Disconnectedness," The Proceedings of the American Philosophical Association 67 (June 1994): 7-28.  Seventh Annual Patrick Romanell Lecture.

 

"Pragmatism," Encyclopedia of Time, ed. Samuel L. Macy (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1994), 482-483.

 

"The Confrontation Between Royce and Howison," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 30, no. 4 (fall 1994): 779-790.

 

"All We Seem to Get Is Life:  Implicitness, The Practical as Ontological," Southwest Philosophical Review vol. 11, Supplement (March 1995): 17-26.

 

"Do Not Bequeath a Shamble - The Child in the Twenty-First Century:  Innocent Hostage to Mindless Oppression or Messenger to the World?," The NAMTA 20, no. 3 (summer 1995): 93-106.

 

"The Inevitability of Our Own Death:  The Celebration of Time as a Prelude to Disaster," American Philosophical Naturalism in the Twentieth Century, ed. John Ryder (Amherst, New York:  Prometheus Books, 1994), 488-502.  Reprinted from Streams of Experience: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of American Culture (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 1986).

 

"R. W. Sleeper," Proceedings, American Philosophical Association (November 1995):  114-115.  Obituary.

 

"Nancy Rambusch," Montessori Life 7, no. 1 (winter 1995): 33-34.  Eulogy.

 

Introduction to The Philosophy of Loyalty, by Josiah Royce (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1995), vii-xxi.

 

"R.W. Emerson," "William James," and "The Specious Present," The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 221-222; 385-387; 757.  Second Edition, 1999.

 

"Darnell Rucker," Newsletter for the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (fall 1996).  Eulogy.

 

"William James" and "John Dewey," The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Supplement (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1996), 273-274.

 

Foreword to "Symposium on the Philosophy of Susanne Langer," Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society 33, no. 1 (winter 1997): 131-132.

 

Introduction to William and Henry James:  Selected Letters, eds. Ignas K. Skrupskelis and Elizabeth M. Berkeley (Charlottesville:  The University Press of Virginia, 1997), vii-xxviii.

 

"Dear Harry . . . Dear Wm," Humanities 18, no. 4 (July/Aug 1997): 18-21.

 

"The Archives:  Going Forward with our Past,"  Montessori Life 9, no. 3. (summer

1997): 6,7.

 

"Royall O'Brien," Montessori Life 9, no. 4 (fall 1997): 13.  Memorial Minute.

 

"Threadbare Crepe:  Reflections on the American Strand," South Central Review 14, nos. 3-4 (fall-winter 1997): 3-13.

 

 "‘Turning' Backward: The Erosion of Moral Sensibility," The Alice McDermott Memorial Lecture in Applied Ethics 8 (Colorado:  United States Air Force Academy, 1998):  1-15.  Republished in The Leader's Imperative: Ethics, Integrity, and Responsibility, ed. J. Carl Ficarrotta (Bloomington, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2001), 15-28.

 

"Trumping Cynicism with Imagination," Parliament of Minds - Philosophy for a New Millenium, eds. Michael Tobias and J. Patrick Fitzgerald (Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1999), 61-75.

 

"William James" in Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy 2nd Edition, ed. John J. Stuhr (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 140-151.

 

 "Experience and Nature: What You See Is What You Get," The Classics of Western Philosophy: A Reader's Guide, ed. Jorge Gracia, et alii (New York: Blackwell, 2003), pp. 892-905.

 

"Hast Any Philosophy in Thee, Shepherd," Educational Psychologist.  38(3). 2003. 133-136.

 

"The Aesthetic Drama of the Ordinary," Pragmatism and Religion, ed. Stuart Rosenbaum (Champaign: The University of Illinois Press, 2003) 107-117.  Republication of Streams of Experience: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of American Culture (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 1986) 129-140.

 

 "Transciency and Amelioration: Revisited," Deconstruction and Reconstruction: The Central European Pragmatist Forum, Volume 2, ed. John Ryder and Krystyna Wilkoszewska (New York: Rodopi, 2004) 1-7.

 

 "Face-to-Face Pedagogy:  A Jeremaid," Globalization and Higher Education (Honolulu: The University of Hawaii Press, 2004), pp. 131-139

 

"Foreword," Animal Pragmatism: Rethinking Human-Nonhuman Relationships, eds. Erin McKenna and Andrew Light (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004) ix-xii.

 

"Experience as Freedom," A Companion to Pragmatism, eds. John Shook and Joseph Margolis (New York: Blackwell, 2005) 249-253.

 

"John Dewey," Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Macmillan Reference, 2005).

 

"William James," Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Macmillan Reference, 2005).

 

"William James Presidential Address Philadelphia: December 2002," William James Studies, 2007.

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Selected Presentations

 

"The Genesis of Dewey's Radical Empiricism," Metropolitan Round Table of Philosophy, 1959.

 

"Innovative Curriculum," Columbia University Seminar on Higher Education, January 1970.

 

 "The Virus of Cynicism," Commencement Address, University of Hartford, June 1970.  The speaker was chosen by the students and awarded an L.L.D. for service to Higher Education.

 

 "The Future of American Philosophy," American Philosophical Association, April 1973.

 

"Radical Empiricism:  William James' Anticipation of Contemporary Experience,"  James Conference, Winterthur, Switzerland, September 1973.

 

"Nature as Violent and as Human Artifact,"  International Congress of Philosophy, Varna, Bulgaria, September 1973.

 

"The Scope of Urban Aesthetics,"  Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, October 1973.

 

"The Public and the Arts," Stony Brook Art Festival, 1976.

 

"Perspectives on Recent American Culture," Swarthmore College, March 1978.

 

 "Spires of Influence:  Emerson and the Classical American Philosophers,"  The University of California at Santa Cruz, December 1978.

 

Annual Dotterer Lecture, "Quo Vadis - America:  Towards a Celebration of Transiency," Pennsylvania State University, May 1979.

 

"The Philosophy of John Dewey," N.E.H. Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, July 1979.

 

"William James as a Social Psychologist," Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, September 1979. "Transciency and Amelioration:  An American Bequest for the New Millennium," Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Minneapolis, September 1979.

 

Chair and Commentary, "Art as Institution," Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Tucson, October 1979.

 

"A Changing Philosophy of Education," University of Virginia School of Education, Washington, D. C., November 1979.

 

Presidential Address, Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Texas A&M University, February 1980.

 

 "John Dewey and a Philosophy for the Handicapped," American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, March 1980.

 

 "The Inevitability of Our Own Death:  The Celebration of Time as a Prelude to Disaster," Medical Humanities Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, April 1980.

 

Banquet Lecture, American Montessori Society, June 1980.

 

Annual University Faculty Lecturer, "The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama," Texas A&M University, October 1980.

 

 "The Rockefeller Humanities Report," National Humanities Faculty, Hilton Head, South Carolina, February 1981.

 

Annual Distinguished Suarez Lecture, "The Contribution of Philosophy to Culture," Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, March 1981.

 

 "The Significance of American Texts for the American Public," American Educational Research Association, New York City, March 20, 1982.

 

 "The American Aesthetic of Things in Space and Time," University of Virginia, April 1982.  Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy.

 

"The University: The Nectar is in the Journey," August Commencement Address, Texas A&M University, 1982.

 

 Panelist, Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, August 15-18, 1982.

 

Keynote Address, "America? The Loneliness of the Quest," Conference on The Individual and the Community, Minnesota Committee on the Humanities, Moorhead State University, September 23, 1982.

 

Northwest Philosophy Conference Lecturer, Keynote Address, "The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy," Conference on Philosophy and Human Values, Moscow, Idaho, November 12, 1982.  Sponsored by the Idaho Committee for the Humanities.

 

"The Landscape of Medical Humanities," Medical Staff, Olin Teague Veterans Hospital, Temple, Texas, December 1982.

 

Participant, Seminar on "Palliative Care for the Terminally Ill," Olin Teague Veteran's Hospital, Temple, Texas, December 1982.

 

 "Medicine as an Art," The Humanities in Pre-Medical Education, Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, February 1983.

 

 "The Importance of Medical Humanities," School of Medicine, The University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, April 1983.

 

 "The Philosophy of John Dewey," Conference on the Thought of Richard Rorty, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas,  April 1983.

 

 "The Meaning of the Human Journey," Annual Banquet of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Texas A&M University, May 1983.

 

 "Engineering and Culture," Banquet Lecture, Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Texas A&M University, July 1983.

 

 "Pragmatism and World Civilization," World Congress of Philosophy, Montreal, Canada, August 22, 1983.

 

"William James as Contemporary Critic," American Psychological Association, Anaheim, California, August 30, 1983.

 

 "High Technology and Medicine," Faculty of Humanities in Medicine, American Association of Medical Colleges, Washington, D. C., November 1983.

 

 "Experiential Nutrition in the Life of the Child:  The Obfuscation of Adult Assumptions," 19th Annual Conference of the Association for the Care of Children's Health, Houston, Texas, May 1984.

 

 "Experience Grows by its Edges:  A Phenomenology of Relations in an American Vein," Conference on Pragmatism and Phenomenology on the Impact of Contemporary Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, August 1984.

 

 "Reviving the Humanities," Secondary School Teachers in Seattle, Washington, September 1984.

 

"The Importance of Adult Education," Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, September 1984.

 

"The Body Four Times Over," Association of American Medical Colleges, Chicago, Illinois, October 1984.

 

 "Josiah Royce's Philosophy of the Community: Danger of the Detached Individual," Royal Society of Philosophy, London, England, November 1984.

 

 "Classical American Philosophy: A Reflective Bequest to the Twenty-First Century," Single Symposium Speaker, American Philosophical Association, New York City, December 1984.

 

"From Emerson to Dewey," University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France, December 1984.

 

"Nature and City in American Culture," University of Perpignan, Perpignan, France, December 1984.

 

"The Politics of Urban Culture," University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France, December 1984.

 

 "The Humanities in the Public Schools," Administration of the Denver Public School System, Denver, Colorado, January 1985.

 

 "Aesthetics as Politics: Notes on a Social Cosmology," Society for Iberian and Latin American Thought, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, February 1985.

 

 "Personal Vulnerability and Medical Boredom: The Twin Perils of Being Sick," College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 1985.

 

Banquet Lecture, 25th Anniversary of the American Montessori Society, Washington, D.C., April 1985.

 

"A Peaceable City," International Association of Philosophy and Literature Annual Conference, City University Graduate School, New York, May 1985.

 

"The Gamble for Excellence: John Dewey's Pedagogy of Experience," conference on Education at Risk: Directions for the Future from the Wisdom of the Past, Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, June 1985.

 

Keynote Speaker, "There is More Than Meets the Eye: Traditional Values in Contemporary American Society," Conference of Eight Southeast Asia Nations, United States Information Service, Manila, Philippines, September 1985.

 

"Philosophy of American Culture," Faculty and Graduate Students, Department of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, September 1985.

 

"Pragmatism and Marxism," Seminar, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, September 1985.

 

"Contemporary American Medical Practice," Seminar, Faculty of the Nanjing Medical College and Hospital, Nanjing, China, September 1985.

 

"The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy," Department of Philosophy, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 1985.

 

"Care of Defective Neo-natal Children," Symposium Speaker, Conference for the Young President's Organization, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 1985.

 

"The Stethoscope as Talisman: Medical High Technology and Patient Loneliness," Young President's Organization, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 1985.

 

 "Medicine as a Caring Profession," College of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, October 1985.

 

"Medical Technology and Contemporary American Medicine," First Annual Faculty Convocation, Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas, October 1985.

 

"Possibility or Self-Deception: A Philosophical Approach to Late Nineteenth Century American Culture," American Studies Association, San Diego, California, November 1985.

 

Major Consultant and Speaker, "Euthanasia," Canadian radio in British Columbia with other guests: Jacob Javits, former Senator from New York; Derek Humphrey, Hemlock Society; and Host, David Barrett, former Premier of British Columbia, January 1986.

 

"Scrapping for Space: The Plight of Modern American Urban Dwellers," Society of Phi Beta Kappa, Dallas, Texas, February 1986.

 

 "The Teaching of Philosophy Historically," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Los Angeles, California, March 1986.

 

 "Technology and the City: Scrapping for Urban Human Space," Rowlett Lecture Series, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Texas A&M University, April 1986.

 

 "Affection on the Voyage to Nowhere," American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1986.

 

 "On Becoming a Person: Creation or Mock-up," Keynote Speaker, The Caedmon School, Montessori Society, 25th Anniversary Celebration, New York City, March 1987.

 

 "Educational Issues and National Faculty Possibilities," Board of Trustees of the National Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1987.

 

 "The Spectre of Institutional Self-Deception: The Lure of Research and the Abandonment of Pedagogy," Convocation Lecture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, October 1987.

 

Participant, AIDS Seminar, sponsored by the Texas A&M Department of Biochemistry, October 1987.

 

 "Ophthalmology: Social Responsibility or Exploitation?," American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dallas, Texas, November 1987.

 

Centennial Address, "The American University: Reflections on Humanistic Sensibility: That Is, a Jeremiad Pointing Toward Hope," The University of Idaho, February 1988.

 

Keynote Address, "The Hidden Life of Technological Artifacts," Annual Spring Architectural Conference, Faculty and Students of the Department of Architecture, Auburn University, February 1988.

 

"Health Care: Vulnerability, Dignity, or Despair," Conference of National Health Care Professionals, Washington, D. C., April 1988.

 

Keynote Address, "Roots and Edges," Frontiers in American Philosophy Conference, Texas A&M University, June 1988.

 

 "Role of Humanities in Illumination of Health Care Perspectives," Association of American Medical Colleges, Chicago, March 1989.

 

 Panelist, "Philosophical Dimensions of AIDS," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco, April 1989.

 

 "Issues in Higher Education," American Association of Higher Education, Chicago, April 1989.

 

Participant, Conference on "Postsecondary and Adult Learning," sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, June 1989.

 

 "Vulnerability, Arrogance, Affection, Ambiguity," University of Illinois, Medical School, Chicago Circle, June 1990.

 

Invited Symposium Speaker, "Why Bother:  Is Life Worth Living?" American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York City, December 1991.

 

"The Right to Die," with Dax Cowart, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University, January 1992.

 

 "Engineering as a Helping Profession," Banquet Lecture, Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Texas A&M University, November 30, 1992.

 

 "The Pedagogical Implications of Problems in Public Health," Honolulu Public School Teachers, The National Faculty, April 1993.

 

"Philosophy of Plato," NEH Teacher's Seminar, State University of New York at Stony Brook, July 1993.

 

"The Right to Die" and "Addiction," Seminars to the Students and Faculty of the S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, November 1993.

 

Annual Invited Romanell Address, "Ill at Ease: The Natural Travail of Ontological Disconnectedness," American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Atlanta, December 29, 1993.

 

Ralph W. Sleeper Symposium Chair, Annual Meeting of The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Houston, Texas, March 5, 1994.

 

The William James Synoptic Lectures, "Fearing the Vaudeville Hook:  From the Street to the Academy," Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 7, 1994.

 

Lectures and Seminars on Philosophy of Medicine, The San Antonio Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, April 15, 1994.

 

 "Multicultural Sensibility and Tolerance," University of the South Pacific and The Atenisi Institute, Nuku'alofa, The Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific, May 1994.

 

 "The Significance of Classical American Philosophy for Contemporary Culture," American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 1994.

 

Keynote Address, "Loyalty, Isolation and Rage," Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 1995.

 

Lectures on John Locke and John Dewey, Humanities-2000 NEH-Consortium, University of Toledo, May 1995.

 

Keynote, Address, "Threadbare Crape:  Reflections on the American Strand,"  International Conference on "Fascism's Return," Texas A&M University, November 1995.

 

"Plato's Cave," Visiting Lecturer, N.E.H. Seminar, State University of New York at Stony Brook, July 1996.

 

Wayne Leys Memorial Lecture, "‘Turning Backward':  The Erosion of Moral Sensibility," Southern Illinois University, October 1996. 

 

"The Humanities:  Ornament or Marrow," NEH, University of California, Berkeley, July 26, 1997.

 

Inaugural Lecture, "Moral Sensibility: Penitential Reflections on the Present Situation," Celebration of "Perspectives on the Examined Life," St. Francis College, New York City, February 5, 1998.  Given in honor of the reinstatement of the philosophy major at St. Francis College.

 

Invited Memorial Lecture, "The Moral Compass:  Losing Our Way," United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, March 19, 1998.

 

Keynote Address, "Aesthetics Against the Grain," American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 10, 1998.

 

 "Pedagogy for the Twenty-First Century-John Dewey," World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, Massachusetts, August 10, 1998.

 

Invited lecture on William James, University College - Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, February 9, 1999.

 

"Pedagogy as Healing:  John Dewey's Aesthetics of Education," Keynote Address, for Rethinking Key Issues in College Learning, Elon College, North Carolina, September 25, 1999.

 

Keynote Address, "Hast Any Philosophy in Thee, Shepherd?" to Division 15, Educational Psychology at the Annual Meeting of The American Psychological Association, San Francisco, August 2001.

 

 "Globalization and Higher Education," The University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, February 20-25, 2002.  Member of invitation only panel with conferees from Pakistan, Kashmir, Guatemala, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, among others.

 

Keynote Address, "Transiency and Amelioration - Revisited," East European Pragmatist Forum, Krakow, Poland, June 6-12, 2002.

 

First Presidential Address to the William James Society, American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia, December 28-30, 2002.

 

Presentation to TAMU Pre-Medical Honors Society (ΑΕΔ), "Interpersonal Pitfalls and Possibilities of Medical Diagnosis," December 2004

 

Presidential Address to the Josiah Royce Society, Vanderbilt University, April 2005.

 

 "Old is Sometimes Better." Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Lecture. Annual Conference of the American Montessori Society. Houston, Texas. April 2, 2006.

 

Panelist. Presidential Humanities Roundtable. "Research and Teaching in the Humanities." Texas A&M University. May 1, 2006.

 

"Can You Help Me? Medicine as a Sacred Calling." The McGovern Award Lectureship in the Art and Science of Medicine. Texas A&M University. October 18, 2006.

 

"Ever Not Quite," Keynote address at "William James and Josiah Royce a Century Later: Pragmatism and Idealism in Dialogue," Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. May 25-27, 2007.

 

 

Notable Public Service Activities

Montessori teacher training at many national sites

Member of a National Faculty of Humanities and Sciences task force sent to public schools and cities throughout the nation on behalf of curriculum reform

Grand rounds at hospitals, nursing homes and prison infirmaries

Consultation with many cities on the aesthetic dimensions of urban planning

 

Travel

All fifty of the United States, Eastern Canada, Central Canada, Western Canada, Yucatan, Mexico City, Acapulco, Ireland, Wales, England, France, Italy, Austria, Soviet Union, Switzerland, Germany, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, China, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland