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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
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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) 114.
  • Kaag, J.J., Newmann, W. (2015). Drone warfare. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, (9) 1588.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015). Halls of Shame. Times Higher Education, (2216) 36-38.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015). Haunted by Spirits. Chronicle of Higher Education, 62(13) B10-B13.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2015). The Curse of Credentials. Chronicle of Higher Education, 61(30) 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) 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) 30-37.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014). A New Father’s Conceptions. Chronicle of Higher Education, 60(39) 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 (pp. 23). Fordham University Press
  • 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) B13.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014). I ask the First-Years if They Would Die for Anything. Of Course They Would. Times Higher Education, (2160) 36 - 37.
  • Kaag, J.J., O’Hara, D. (2014). Market Values. Times Higher Education, (2140) 30.
  • Oppenheim, F.M., Aberg, S.J., Kaag, J.J. (2014). Royce’s Relevance for Intrafaith Dialogue (pp. 213). Fordham University Press
  • Kaag, J.J. (2014). The Fathers of Philosophy. Chronicle of Higher Education, 60(39) 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) 553.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). Father’s Day: Why a ’superhero’ father wants to join the Mothers Association. Christian Science Monitor, N.PAG.
  • O’Hara, D., Kaag, J.J. (2013). In the Shadow of Drones. Chronicle of Higher Education, B4.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life. Ethics, 123(4) 755 - 759.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). My Student Nemesis. Times Higher Education, (2101) 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) 259 - 262.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). Returning to the Unformed: Emerson and Peirce on the ’Law of Mind’. Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia, 14(2) 189 - 201.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). Short is Sweet. Times Higher Education, (2118) 34.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). Teething Troubles. Times Higher Education, (2105) 30.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2013). The Politics of Survival: Peirce, Affectivity, and Social Criticism. Pluralist, 8(1) 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) 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) 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) 32-56.
  • Sarah, K., Kaag, J.J. (2012). The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Contemporary Conflict: A Legal and Ethical Analysis. Polity, (2) 260.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2011). Hegel, Peirce, and Royce on the Concept of Essence. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 50(3) 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) 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) 364-385.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2010). Religion, Pragmatism, and Dissent: Theodore Parker's 'Experience As a Minister'. The Pluralist, 5(1) 1-20.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009). A Call to Arms? -- Militarism, Political Unity, and the Moral Equivalent of War. The Pluralist, 4(2) 108-124.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009). American Interpretations of Hegel: Josiah Royce's Philosophy of Loyalty. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 26(1) 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) 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) 585-606.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009). Pragmatism & The Lessons of Experience. Daedalus, 138(2) 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) 244-248.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2009). The Neurological Dynamics of the Imagination. Phenom Cogn Sci Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8(2) 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) 393-411.
  • Kaag, J.J. (2008). We Are 'Who'?: A Pragmatic Reframing of Immigration and National Identity. The Pluralist, 3(3) 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) 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) 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) 515-540.