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John Kaag

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John J. Kaag, Ph.D.Chair of Philosophy, Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-2548
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
  • Email

Research Interests

Aesthetics; American Philosophy; Author courses on Kant; Peirce; Dewey; James and Royce; Asian philosophy, ethics, history of philosophy, logic/epistemology, and the moral psychology philosophy of mind.


  • Ph D: Philosophy, (2007), University of Oregon - Eugene, OR
    Supporting Area: American Philosophy/History of Philosophy
  • Other: International Relations, (2005), University of Cambridge - Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Supporting Area: Politics and international security
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: "The UN in History, Theory, and Practice"
  • MA: Philosophy, (2003), Pennsylvania State University - Middletown, PA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: "Re-turning: A Philosophic Revisiting of the Aesthetic"

Selected Publications

  • Kaag, J.J. (2018) Hiking with Nietzsche : On Becoming Who You Are
  • Kaag, J.J. (2016) American Philosophy: A Love Story
  • Ward, R., Kaag, J.J. (2015) "A Review Essay of The American Pragmatists", The Pluralist 1 pp. 114
  • Kaag, J.J., Newmann, W. (2015) "Drone warfare.", CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 9 pp. 1588
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015) "Halls of Shame", Times Higher Education 2216 pp. 36-38
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015) "Haunted by Spirits", Chronicle of Higher Education 62:13 pp. B10-B13
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015) "The Curse of Credentials", Chronicle of Higher Education 61:30 pp. B10-B12
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015) "The Lot of the Beautiful: Pragmatism and Aesthetic Ideals", British Journal for the History of Philosophy British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23:4 pp. 779-801
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015) "The Object of My Deception", Times Higher Education 2190
  • Blackburn, S., Alessandri, M., Kaag, J.J. (2015) "To Utility and Beyond", Times Higher Education 2233 pp. 30-37
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014) "A New Father’s Conceptions.", Chronicle of Higher Education 60:39 pp. 1
  • Frank M. Oppenheim, S.J. Dawn Aberg,John J.Kaag,, . (2014) "A Report on the Recent “Dig” into Royce’s MSS in the Harvard Archives", Fordham University Press pp. 23
  • Kaag, J.J., Bhatia, S.K. (2014) "Designs for Living; Why Engineers Need to Become Philosophers", The Chronicle of Higher Education 13
  • Kaag, J.J., BHATIA, S.K. (2014) "Fools For Tools.", Chronicle of Higher Education 61:13 pp. B13
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014) "I ask the First-Years if They Would Die for Anything. Of Course They Would.", Times Higher Education 2160 pp. 36 - 37
  • Kaag, J.J., O’Hara, D. (2014) "Market Values.", Times Higher Education 2140 pp. 30
  • Oppenheim, F.M., Aberg, S.J., Kaag, J.J. (2014) "Royce’s Relevance for Intrafaith Dialogue", Fordham University Press pp. 213
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014) "The Fathers of Philosophy.", Chronicle of Higher Education 60:39 pp. B13
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014) Thinking Through the Imagination : Aesthetics in Human Cognition
  • Garchar, K., Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Classical American Philosophy and Modern Medical Ethics: The Case of Richard Cabot.", Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 4 pp. 553
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Father’s Day: Why a ’superhero’ father wants to join the Mothers Association.", Christian Science Monitor pp. N.PAG
  • O’Hara, D., Kaag, J.J. (2013) "In the Shadow of Drones.", Chronicle of Higher Education pp. B4
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life.", Ethics 123:4 pp. 755 - 759
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "My Student Nemesis.", Times Higher Education 2101 pp. 34 - 41
  • Kaag, J.J., Anderson, D., Lally, D. (2013) Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Reconstructing Individualism: A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison By James M. Albrecht.", Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49:2 pp. 259 - 262
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Returning to the Unformed: Emerson and Peirce on the ’Law of Mind’.", Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia 14:2 pp. 189 - 201
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Short is Sweet.", Times Higher Education 2118 pp. 34
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Teething Troubles.", Times Higher Education 2105 pp. 30
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "The Politics of Survival: Peirce, Affectivity, and Social Criticism.", Pluralist 8:1 pp. 119
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013) "Transgressing the Silence: Lydia Maria Child and the Philosophy of Subversion.", Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 49:1 pp. 46 - 53
  • Kaag, J.J. (2012) "Emptiness, Selflessness, and Transcendence: William James's Reading of Chinese Buddhism", Journal of Chinese Philosophy Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39:2 pp. 240-259
  • Kaag, J.J. (2012) "Fallibility and Insight in Moral Judgment", Hum Stud Human Studies 2
  • Kaag, J.J. (2012) "The Place of 'The Problem of Job' in Philosophy of Josiah Royce", American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 33:1 pp. 32-56
  • Sarah, K., Kaag, J.J. (2012) "The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Contemporary Conflict: A Legal and Ethical Analysis.", Polity 2 pp. 260
  • Kaag, J.J. (2011) "Hegel, Peirce, and Royce on the Concept of Essence", Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 50:3 pp. 557-575
  • Kaag, J.J. (2011) Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism : The Philosophy of Ella Lyman Cabot
  • Kaag, J.J. (2011) "Narrative and Moral Psychology in the Philosophy of Ella Lyman Cabot", The Pluralist 6:3 pp. 64-79
  • Kaag, J.J. (2010) "'Everyday Ethics': Morality and the Imagination in Classical American Thought", Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 46:3 pp. 364-385
  • Kaag, J.J. (2010) "Religion, Pragmatism, and Dissent: Theodore Parker's 'Experience As a Minister'", The Pluralist 5:1 pp. 1-20
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009) "A Call to Arms? -- Militarism, Political Unity, and the Moral Equivalent of War", The Pluralist 4:2 pp. 108-124
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009) "American Interpretations of Hegel: Josiah Royce's Philosophy of Loyalty", History of Philosophy Quarterly 26:1 pp. 83-101
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009) "Getting Under My Skin: William James on the Emotions, Sociality, and Transcendence", Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 44:2 pp. 433-450
  • Kaag, J.J., Kaufman, W. (2009) "Military Frameworks: Technological Know-how and the Legitimization of Warfare", Cambridge Review of International Affairs 22:4 pp. 585-606
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009) "Pragmatism & The Lessons of Experience", Daedalus 138:2 pp. 63-72
  • McDermott, J.J., Anderson, D., Kaag, J.J. (2009) "The Drama of Possibility: Experience as Philosophy of Culture", Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society 45:2 pp. 244-248
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009) "The Neurological Dynamics of the Imagination", Phenom Cogn Sci Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 8:2 pp. 183-204
  • Kaag, J.J. (2008) "Chance and Creativity: The Nature of Contingency in Classical American Philosophy", Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 44:3 pp. 393-411
  • Kaag, J.J. (2008) "We Are 'Who'?: A Pragmatic Reframing of Immigration and National Identity", The Pluralist 3:3 pp. 111-131
  • Kaag, J.J. (2008) "Women and Forgotten Movements in American Philosophy: The Work of Ella Lyman Cabot and Mary Parker Follett", Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 44:1 pp. 134-157
  • Kaag, J.J. (2006) "Paddling in the Stream of Consciousness: Describing the Movement of Jamesian Inquiry", Journal of Speculative Philosophy: A Quarterly Journal of History, Criticism, and Imagination 20:2 pp. 132-145
  • Kaag, J.J. (2005) "Continuity and Inheritance: Kant's 'Critique of Judgment' and the Work of C. S. Peirce", Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 41:3 pp. 515-540