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John Kaag

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John J. KaagChair of Philosophy, Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentPhilosophy
  • Phone(978) 934-4000

Research Interests

Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, American Philosophy

History of Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Logic/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Aesthetics, Moral Psychology and Author courses on Kant, Peirce, Dewey, James and Royce


  • 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"


  • 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. (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
  • Richie, Jr, J.P., Das, A., Calcagnotto, A.M., Sinha, R., Neidig, W., Liao, J., Lengerich, E.J., Berg, A., Hartman, T.J., Ciccarella, A., Baker, A., Kaag, M.G., Goodin, S., DiPaola, R.S., El-Bayoumy, K. (2014) "Comparative effects of two different forms of selenium on oxidative stress biomarkers in healthy men: a randomized clinical trial.," Cancer Prevention Research (Philadelphia, Pa.) 7:8 pp. 796 - 804
  • 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. (2014) "Drone warfare,"
  • 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
  • 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