Steven Fesmire

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Associate Professor and Chair
Steven Fesmire
Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Green Mountain College
One College Circle
Poultney, Vermont 05764
Tel.: 802-287-8286
Fax: 802-287-8099
Mail: fesmires@greenmtn.edu

 

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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Green Mountain College, Associate Professor of Philosophy, 2004-present
Kyoto University, Fulbright Lecturer-Researcher, Graduate School of Human and Environmental
Studies, March 2009-August 2009
Green Mountain College, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 2002-2004
Siena College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 2000-2002
Dartmouth College, Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, 1999-2000
East Tennessee State University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1995-1999

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Classical American Philosophy (especially the pragmatism of William James and John Dewey);
Ethics (theoretical and applied, including Environmental Ethics); Social and Political Philosophy;
Theory of Metaphor; Environmental Philosophy

SELECTED AREAS OF TEACHING COMPETENCE

Philosophy of Education; Philosophies of Nature; 16th-18th Century European Philosophy; Ancient Greek Philosophy; Aesthetics; Logic; Philosophy of Science; Business Ethics; Philosophy and
Literature; East-West Comparative Philosophy

EDUCATION

Postgraduate: Summer Institute in American Philosophy: July 1998-July 2002, July 2004
Ph.D., 1994, Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
M.A., 1992, Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
B.A., 1990, Philosophy, Millsaps College, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


PUBLICATIONS

Books

John Dewey and Moral Imagination: Pragmatism in Ethics (Indiana University Press, 2003)
(forthcoming in Chinese translation with Peking University Press, American Philosophy Series,
Roger Ames and Larry Hickman, co-editors)

Refereed Articles

"Cultivating Ecological Imagination: John Dewey and Contemporary Moral Education,"
Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 9, no. 2 (2005).
"Ecological Humanism: A Moral Image for Our Emotive Culture," The Humanist 61, no. 1
(January/February 2001).
"Philosophy Disrobed: Lakoff and Johnson's Call for Empirically Responsible Philosophy," in The
Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14, no. 4 (2000/2001).
"Morality As Art: Dewey, Metaphor, and Moral Imagination," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 35, no. 3 (1999).
"A `Primer' in Conceptual Metaphor for Counselors," co-authored, Journal of Counseling and
Development 77, no. 4 (1999).
"Rediscovering the Moral Life." Review Article of James Gouinlock, Rediscovering the Moral Life,
in The Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (March 1998)
"Remaking the Modern Mind: William James's Reconstruction of Rationality,"Southwest
Philosophy Review 14, no. 2 (1998).
"Dramatic Rehearsal and The Moral Artist: A Deweyan Theory of Moral Understanding," Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 31, no. 3 (1995).
"Educating the Moral Artist: Dramatic Rehearsal in Moral Education," Studies in Philosophy and Education 13, nos. 3-4 (1994/95).
"What Is `Cognitive' About Cognitive Linguistics?" Metaphor and Symbolic Activity 9, no. 2 (1994).
"Aerating the Mind: The Metaphor of Mental Functioning As Bodily Functioning," Metaphor and Symbolic Activity 9, no. 1 (1994).
"Embodied Reason," Kinesis 20, no. 1 (1993).

Book Chapters

"Our Place in the Cosmos: Faith and Belief in Contact," co-authored with Heather Keith, in
Movies and the Meaning of Life (Open Court Press, April 2005).
"Dewey and Animal Ethics," in Animal Pragmatism: Rethinking Human Nonhuman Relationships,
edited Erin McKenna and Andrew Light (Indiana University Press, 2004).
"Ecological Humanism: A Moral Image for Our Emotive Culture," in Moral Soundings: The Crisis
of Values in Contemporary Life, edited by Dwight Furrow (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004);
reprinted in revised form from The Humanist (2001).
"The Art of Moral Imagination," in Dewey Reconfigured: Essays on Deweyan Pragmatism, edited
by Casey Haskins and David Seiple (SUNY Press, 1999).
"The Social Basis of Character: An Ecological Humanist Approach," in Ethics in Practice, edited
by Hugh Lafollette (Blackwell Press, 1997).
"Educating the Moral Artist: Dramatic Rehearsal in Moral Education," in Education and The New
Scholarship on Dewey, edited by Jim Garrison (Kluwer Press, 1995); reprinted from Studies in
Philosophy and Education (1994/95).

Conference Proceedings

"Ecological Imagination in Dewey's Ethics," in a special edition of The Chinese Journal, ed.
Tangjia Wang, trans. Xu Peng, forthcoming.

Encyclopedia Articles, Book Reviews, and Dictionary Entries

"Valuation" and "Dramatism," in The Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, John Lachs and
Robert Talisse, eds. (Routledge, 2007).
"Joseph Alexander Leighton," co-authored with Heather Keith, in The Biographical Encyclopedia
of British Idealism, William Sweet, ed. (Thoemmes/Continuum Press, 2007).
Five articles, co-authored with Heather Keith, Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers,
Richard T. Hull, ed. (Thoemmes Press, 2005).
Review of Eugene Taylor and Robert Wozniak, eds., Pure Experience: The Response to William
James, in Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 34, no. 1 (1998).
Review Article of Giovanna Borradori, The American Philosopher, in Society for the Advancement
of American Philosophy Newsletter, Summer 1994.
Review of Giovanna Borradori, The American Philosopher, in Kinesis 20, no. 2 (1994).