John Robert Shook, PhD


2203 Fendall Ct., Crofton, Maryland, 21114      email:      cell: 703-801-3645



1994                                     Ph.D. in Philosophy. State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.

1990                                     M.A. in Philosophy. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

1988                                     B.A. in Philosophy. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.


Academic Positions

Sept. 2006 to present          Instructor of Research Ethics and Science Education for the Science and the Public online EdM program, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, New York.


Aug. 2014 to present          Lecturer in Philosophy, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland.


Aug. 2000 to May 2006     Assistant Professor (2000-03), then tenured Associate Professor (2003-06 of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.



Aug. 1995 to July 2000      Assistant Professor (1995-99), then Associate Professor (2000) of Philosophy, Corning Community College, Corning, New York.


Interdisciplinary Appointments

2011 to present                   Affiliate Faculty, Humanities and Culture PhD concentration, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio.


2011 to 2013                       Education Coordinator, American Humanist Association, Washington, D.C.


2006 to 2013                       Senior Research Fellow and staff member, Center for Inquiry, Washington, D.C.


2010 to 2013                       Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.


2010 to 2012                       Associate Fellow, Center for Neurotechnology Studies, Potomac Institute for Public Policy, Arlington, Virginia.

Recognitions, Awards, and Grants

Who's Who in America, 61st Edition 2007, and subsequent editions

Outstanding Publications Award, Bowie State University, 2015

Paul Kurtz Fund for Research in Humanism, Center for Inquiry, N.Y., research grants in 2008-09, 2009-10

OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Travel Award, Spring 2005
2003 OSU Distinguished Faculty Award
with merit raise, 2003
OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Summer Research Grant, Summer 2003
Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, OSU College of Arts and Sciences, 2002
OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Incentive Grant, Summer 2002
OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Summer Research Grant and Travel Award, Summer 2001
OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Incentive Grant, Summer 2001
OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Travel Award, Fall 2001

Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000 edition, nominated by Corning Community College students


Editorial Positions and Professional Service

Contemporary Pragmatism (Brill): Founder and Co-Editor (2004- ).

Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism (American Humanist Association): Editor (2012- ).

Philo: A Journal of Philosophy (Center for Inquiry): Executive Editor (2008-2013), Editorial Board (2006-2013).

Free Inquiry (Center for Inquiry): Associate Editor (2006-13).

The Pluralist (University of Illinois Press): Co-editor (2006-2009).
The Pragmatism Cybrary ( Founder and Cybrarian (1998- ).

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries: Bibliographer and reviewer, 2000- .

Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy Editorial Board, 2011-13.

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: Consulting Editor, 2000- .

Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Education: Associate Editor, 2000- .

William James Studies: Editorial Board, 2005- .

Book Series

Executive Editor, with James Giordano, of Brain Science, Philosophy, and Ethics, a book series for Brill (Leiden,

        The Netherlands). Four volumes are currently in progress.

General Editor of the Pragmatism in American Thought book series, published first by Thoemmes Press and then by

        Thoemmes Continuum. Seven sets, totaling 28 volumes, were published in my series from 2000 to 2006.
Editor of Studies in Pragmatism and Values, a special series of the Value Inquiry Book Series, published by Rodopi.

        Eleven books were published under my editorship from 2001 to 2008.

Academic Societies

Society of Humanist Philosophers: President, 2008-13.

Humanist Institute (nonprofit educational organization): Class 18 Mentor, 2011-14.

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy: Executive Committee, 2006-09.

William James Society: Advisory Board Member, 1999-2001; Executive Committee Member, 2001-03


Publications by Category: Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Neuroethics, Moral Psychology, Social Ethics


Co-editor with Scott Gelfand, Ectogenesis: Artificial Womb Technology and the Future of Human Reproduction. Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi, 2006.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

 "My Brain Made Me Moral: Moral Performance Enhancement for Realists." Neuroethics v.9 n.3 (December 2016): 199-211.

"On the 'Neuroscience of Ethics': Approaching the Neuroethical Literature as a Rational Discourse on Putative Neural Processes of Moral Cognition and Behavior." With Kira Becker and James Giordano. Journal of Neurology & Neuromedicine v.1 n.6 (2016): 32-36.

"A Neuropragmatic and Neuro-Ecological Approach to Neuroethics." With James Giordano. Pragmatism Today v.7 n.1 (Summer 2016): 20-31.

"Moral Enhancement? Acknowledging Limitations of Neurotechnology, and Morality." With James Giordano. American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience v.7 n.2 (2016): 118-120.

"Neuroethics beyond Normal: Performance Enablement and Self-Transformative Technologies." With James Giordano. Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics v.25 n.1 (January 2016): 121-140.

"Minding Brain Science in Medicine: On the Need for Neuroethical Engagement for Guidance of Neuroscience in Clinical Contexts." With James Giordano. Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine v.6 n.1-2 (2015): 37-42.

"Principled Research Ethics in Practice? Reflections for Neuroethics and Bioethics." With James Giordano. Cortex v.71 n.10 (October 2015): 423-426.

"Freedom Is as Freedom Does: Neuropragmatism, Neuroethics, and Free Will." American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience v.6 n.2 (June 2015): 28-30.

"Cognitive Enhancement Kept within Contexts: Neuroethics and Informed Public Policy." With James Giordano and Lucia Galvagni. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience v.8 (5 December 2014): article 228. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00228.

"A Principled and Cosmopolitan Neuroethics: Considerations for International Relevance." With James Giordano. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine v.9 n.1 (2014), article 1, doi:10.1186/1747-5341-9-1.

"Advancing Neuroscience on the 21st Century World Stage: The Need for - and Proposed Structure of - an Internationally-Relevant Neuroethics." With Elisabetta Lanzilao, Roland Newman, and James Giordano. Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine v.4 n.3 (2013): 211-229.

"Neuroethics and the Possible Types of Moral Enhancement." American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience v.3 n.4 (2012): 3-14. Also published in German as "Neuroethik und die moglichen Arten des Enhancements der Moral" in Enhancement der Moral, edited by Raphael van Riel, Ezio Di Nucci, and Jan Schildmann (Paderborn, Germany: Mentis Verlag, 2015), pp. 19-49.

"Is There a Place for Environmentalism in Humanism?" Free Inquiry v. 31 n. 3 (April 2011): 54-55.

"Comparative Political Philosophy: Categorizing Political Philosophies Using Twelve Archetypes." Metaphilosophy v.40 n.5 (October 2009): 633-655.

"Entrepreneurship and Values in a Democratic and Pragmatic Economics." Journal of Economic Methodology v.10 n.2 (June 2003): 181-190.

Chapters in Volumes

"Reducing Moral Righteousness to Enhance Civil Rights." In Moral Enhancement: Critical Perspectives, ed. Michael Hauskeller. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

 "The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life." In William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life, edited by Jacob Goodson. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, forthcoming.

"Neuroethical Engagement on Interdisciplinary and International Scales." With James Giordano. In Debates About Neuroethics: Perspectives on Its Development, Focus, and Future, edited by Eric Racine and John Aspler (Dordrecht and New York: Springer, 2017), pp. 225-246.

"Moral Responsibility and the Cognitive Status of Ethical Ideals." In Pragmatism and Objectivity, edited by Sami Pihlstrom (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 254-275.

"Defining Contexts of Cognitive (Performance) Enhancements: Neuroethical Considerations, and Implications for Policy." With James Giordano. In Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives, ed. Fabrice Jotterand and Veljko Dubljevic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 76-98.

"Moral Psychology and Meta-Constructs of Religious 'DEFIANCE'." In White Paper on Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Underpinnings of ISIL Behavior and Implications for Strategic Communication, Messaging, and Influence, edited by James Giordano and Diane DiEuliis (Washington, D.C.: A Strategic Multi-Layer (SMA) Periodic Publication, May 2015), pp. 38-45.

"The Design of Morality." In Origin(s) of Design in Nature, ed. Liz Stillwaggon Swan, Richard Gordon, and Joseph Seckbach (Berlin and New York: Springer, 2012), pp. 163-190.

"Euthanasia, Unnecessary Suffering, and the Proper Aims of Medicine." In Science and Ethics: Can Science Help Us Make Wise and Moral Judgments?, ed. Paul Kurtz and David Koepsell (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2007), pp. 125-140.


Publications by Category: Neurophilosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Naturalism, Philosophy of Science


Editor, Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2003.

Co-editor with Paul Kurtz, The Future of Naturalism. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2009.

Co-editor with Liz Stillwaggon Swan, Transformers and Philosophy, in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Chicago: Open Court, 2009.

Co-Editor with Tibor Solymosi, Pragmatist Neurophilosophy: American Philosophy and the Brain. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Co-editor with Tibor Solymosi, Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy, and Pragmatism: Brains at Work with the World. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

"Abduction, Complex Inferences, and Emergent Heuristics of Scientific Inquiry." Axiomathes v.26 n.2 (June 2016): 157-186.

"Neuropragmatism, Knowledge, and Pragmatic Naturalism." Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly v.23 n.4 (October 2013): 576-593.

"Neuropragmatism and the Culture of Inquiry: Moving Beyond Creeping Cartesianism." With Tibor Solymosi. Intellectica  2013/2, no. 60 (2013): 137-159.

"Neuropragmatism: A Neurophilosophical Manifesto." With Tibor Solymosi. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy v.5 n.1 (2013): 212-233.

"Varieties of Twentieth Century American Naturalism." The Pluralist v.6 n.2 (Summer 2011): 1-17.

"Pragmatic Naturalism." Acta Philosophica Fennica v.86 (2009): 91-106.

"Dewey's Empirical Naturalism and Pragmatic Metaphysics." Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society v.40 n.4 (Fall 2004): 731-742.

"The Direct Contextual Realist Theory of Perception." Journal of Speculative Philosophy v. 17 n.4 (2003): 245-258.

"The Possibility of an Empiricist Naturalism: Dewey and Santayana." Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society no. 21 (Fall 2003): 1-7.

"The Revival of the Social in Philosophy." Perspectives: The American Sociological Association Theory Section Newsletter v.24 n.4 (October 2001): 1-8.

Chapters in Volumes

"Truth and the Pragmatic Theory of Learning." In Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, edited by Michael A. Peters. Berlin and New York: Springer, forthcoming.

"Neuropragmatism and the Reconstruction of Scientific and Humanistic Worldviews." With Tibor Solymosi. In Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy, and Pragmatism: Understanding Brains at Work in the World, ed. John R. Shook and Tibor Solymosi. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 3-35.

"Is Experience Subjective or Objective, or Both, or Neither?" In American Philosophy and the Brain: Pragmatist Neurophilosophy, Old and New, ed. Tibor Solymosi and John R. Shook (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 223-247.

"Reasoning is Communal in Method and Spirit." In Charles S. Peirce in His Own Words: 100 Years of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition, ed. Torkild Thellefsen and Bent Sorensen (Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 2014), pp. 70-83.

"Social Cognition and the Problem of Other Minds." In Handbook of Neurosociology, edited by David D. Franks and Jonathan H. Turner (Berlin and New York: Springer, 2012), pp. 33-46.

"A Pragmatically Realistic Philosophy of Science." In Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism, ed. John R. Shook (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2003), pp. 323-344.


Publications by Category: American Philosophy, Pragmatism


Pragmatism: An Annotated Bibliography, 1898-1940. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 1998.  

Dewey's Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000.

General Editor, Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, 4 vols. Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005.

Co-editor with Joseph Margolis, A Companion to Pragmatism. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2006.

Co-editor with Hugh McDonald, F. C. S. Schiller on Pragmatism and Humanism: Selected Writings, 1891-1939. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2008.

John Dewey's Philosophy of Spirit, with Dewey's 1897 Lectures on Hegel. With James A. Good. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.

Dewey's Social Philosophy: Democracy as Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Co-editor with Paul Kurtz, Dewey's Enduring Impact: Essays on America's Philosopher. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2011.

Editor, The Essential William James. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2011.

General Editor, Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, 2 vols. London and New York: Continuum, 2012.

Editor, Historical Essays in 20th-Century American Philosophy, vol. 11 of The American Philosophical Association Centennial Series, Tallahassee, Florida: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2015.

General Editor, The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers in America. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

"The Nature Philosophy of John Dewey," Dewey Studies v.1 n.1 (Spring 2017): 13-43.

"Dewey's Ethical Justification for Public Deliberation Democracy." Education and Culture v.29 n.1 (2013): 3-26.

"Jonathan Edwards' Contribution to John Dewey's Theory of Moral Responsibility." History of Philosophy Quarterly v.21 n.3 (July 2004): 299-312.

"Dewey's Rejection of Retributivism and His Moral-Education Theory of Punishment." Journal of Social Philosophy v.35 n.1 (Spring 2004): 66-78.

"Wilhelm Wundt's Contribution to John Dewey's Functional Psychology." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences v.31 n.4 (October 1995): 347-369.

"John Dewey's Struggle with American Realism, 1904-1910." Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society v.31 n.3 (Summer 1995): 542-566.

Chapters in Volumes

"Early Responses to American Pragmatism in France: Selective Attention and Critical Reaction." In The Reception of Pragmatism in France and the Rise of Catholic Modernism, 1890-1914, ed. David G. Schultenover (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009), pp. 59-75.

"F. C. S. Schiller and European Pragmatism." In A Companion to Pragmatism, ed. John R. Shook and Joseph Margolis (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 44-53.

"Dewey's Vision of Equal Opportunity for Education in a Democracy." In Pragmatism and the Problem of Race, eds. William Lawson and Donald Koch (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004), pp. 48-72.

"Dewey and Quine on the Logic of What There Is." In Dewey's Logical Theory: New Studies and Interpretations, edited by Tom Burke, D. Micah Hester, and Robert Talisse (Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2002), pp. 93-118.


Publications by Category: Philosophy and Science of Religion, Humanism, and Secularism


The God Debates: A Twenty-first Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between). Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Editor, Exuberant Skepticism by Paul Kurtz. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2010.

Discovering Our World: Humanity's Epic Journey from Myth to Knowledge. Co-author with Paul Singh. Charlottesville, Virginia: Pitchstone Publishing, 2014.

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism. Co-editor with Phil Zuckerman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Systematic Atheology: Atheism's Reasoning with Theology. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

"Are People Born to be Believers, or are Gods Born to be Believed?" Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, forthcoming. Four commentaries and my "Reply to Commentaries" will accompany this article.

"Panentheism and Peirce's God: Theology Guided by Philosophy and Cosmology." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences v.3 n.1 (2016): 8-31.

"Rationalist Atheology." International Journal for Philosophy of Religion v.78 n.3 (December 2015): 329-348.

"Philosophy of Religion and Two Types of Atheology." International Journal of Philosophy and Theology v.76 n.1 (January 2015): 1-19.

"Scientific Atheology." Science, Religion and Culture v.1 n.1 (May 2014): 32-48.

"William James on Religious Saints and Verifying the God Hypothesis." Religious Studies and Theology v.32. n.2 (2013): 185-208.

"Paul Kurtz, Atheology, and Secular Humanism." Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism v.21 n.2 (2013): 111-116.

"Atheists are Rejecting Today's Culturally Evolved Religions, not a 'First' Natural Religion." Religion, Brain & Behavior v.2 n.1 (February 2012): 38-40.

"Peirce's Pragmatic Theology and Stoic Religious Ethics." Journal of Religious Ethics v.39 n.2 (June 2011): 344-363.

"Pragmatism, Pluralism, and Public Philosophy." French Review of American Studies no. 124 (2010): 11-28.

"Humanism's Higher Purpose." Think v. 9 n. 24 (2010): 7-11.

"God's Divinely Justified Knowledge is Incompatible with Human Free Will." Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy v.15 n.1 (Spring 2010): 141-160.

"John Dewey and Edward Scribner Ames: Partners in Religious Naturalism." American Journal of Theology and Philosophy v.28 n.2 (May 2007): 178-207.

"Addison W. Moore's Pragmatic Approach to Religion and Immortality." Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society v.38 n.4 (Fall 2002): 629-641.

Chapters in Volumes

"Categorizing Secular Views: Authentic Secularity, Polysecularity, and Forms of Polysecularism." In Organized Secularism in the United States, edited by Ryan Cragun, Lori Fazzino, and Christel Manning. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming.

"A Unity with the Universe: Herder, Schelling, and Dewey on Natural Piety." In Handbook of Religious Naturalism, edited by Donald Crosby and Jerome A. Stone. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

"Atheology." In Religion: Beyond Religion, edited by Phil Zuckerman (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016), pp. 263-279.

"What the Hell is God Up To? God's Evils and the Theodicies Holding God Responsible." In The Problem of Evil: New Philosophical Directions, edited by Benjamin McGraw and Robert Arp (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2016), pp. 127-140.

"Humanism, Moral Relativism, and Ethical Objectivism." In Blackwell Handbook on Humanism, edited by A. C Grayling and Andrew Copson (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), pp. 403-425.

"Spelling Out Scientism, A-Z." In Scientistic Chronicles: Exploring the Limits, if any, of the Scientific Enterprise, edited by Massimo Pigliucci (New York:, 2015), pp. 17-24.

"Can the Brain Decide Whether God Exists?" Free Inquiry v.31 n.1 (January 2011): 20-22.

"John Dewey." Article in Encyclopedia of Unbelief, 2nd edn., ed. Tom Flynn (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2007), pp. 259-262.

"Ernest Nagel." Article in Encyclopedia of Unbelief, 2nd edn., ed. Tom Flynn (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2007), pp. 553-554.

"God's Justified Knowledge and the Hard-Soft Fact Distinction." In The Proceedings of the XXI World Congress of Philosophy, vol. 8: Philosophy of Religion, ed. William Sweet (Ankara: Philosophical Society of Turkey, 2006), pp. 69-73.

"Deliberative Democracy and Moral Pluralism: Dewey vs. Rawls and Habermas." In Deconstruction and Reconstruction: The Central European Pragmatist Forum, Volume Two, eds. John Ryder and Emil Visnovsky (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004), pp. 31-41.


Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

"A Unity with the Universe: Herder, Schelling, and Dewey on Natural Piety." Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought Annual Meeting, University of Chattanooga, June 2017.

"Military Uses for Neuro-Enhancements." Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, January 2017.

"Opening of the New Institute and Its Purpose." American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought, Carbondale, Illinois, November 2016.

"Neurophilosophy and Pragmatism." Conference on Pragmatism and the Brain, University of North Carolina-Asheville, June 2016.

"The New Neuroethics." Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2016 Annual Conference in Reston, Virginia, February 2016.

"The Current Relevance of Pragmatism for (Neuro)ethics and Society." Montreal Neuroethics Network, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, January 2016.

"Are People Born to be Believers, or are Gods Born to be Believed?" Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Philosophy Department, July 2015.

"My Brain Made Me Moral." Conference on "Enhancement umano - Human Enhancement" at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, May 2015.

"Moral Enhancement." Conference on "Minding Gray Matters: Neuroethics, the BRAIN Initiative, and Beyond" by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., April 2015.

"Polysecularity and Types of Nonbelief: Framing the Field of Secular Studies." Third International Conference of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network, at Pitzer College, Claremont, California, November 2014.

"Polysecularity and Rival Secularisms." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2014.

"How Does Science Illuminate Our Place in the World?" "Science Changes Everything," and "How Does Science/Naturalism Assist Humanism?" Lectures for The Humanist Institute, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, August 2013.

"John Dewey." Lectures for the Eighth Biennial Personalist Seminar, on Niebuhr and Dewey, at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, July-August 2012.

"Is Ethical Theory Relevant to Neuroethical Evaluations of Enhancing Moral Brains?" Conference on The Moral Brain, with the NYU Center for Bioethics, New York University, March 2012.

"Philosophical Debate with Religion." Public Philosophy Network Conference, Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C., October 2011.

"William James and the Science of Religions: Moral Saints as Experimental Theologians." Faculty Forum Lecture, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 2011.

"The Emergence of Morality and the Social Self." Conference on Neuroscience and Pragmatism: Productive Prospects, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia, June 2011.

"Challenges for a Neuroscience of Moral Enhancement." Conference on Transforming Humanity: Fantasy? Dream? Nightmare? with the Penn Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, December 2010.

"Pragmatic Naturalism." The First Nordic Pragmatism Conference, Helsinki, Finland, June 2008.

"American Humanism, Past and Future." Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, March 2008.

"Ectogenesis." Lecture at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University, November 2007.

"Dewey's Epistemological Reconstruction of the Democratic Citizen." World Conference on John Dewey, University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy, May 2007.

"Edward S. Ames on Religious Humanism and Its Relevance for Dewey's Naturalism." Highlands Institute of American Religious and Philosophical Thought, Highlands, North Carolina, June 2005.

"Pragmatism Caught between Church and State." Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, with the

Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 2004.

"Early Responses to American Pragmatism in France: Selective Attention and Critical Reaction." American Academy of Religion, Nineteenth Century Theology Group meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 2004.

"Dewey's Hegelianism and His Repair of the Religious/Secular Divide," American Academy of Religion, Pragmatism and Empiricism in American Religious Thought Group meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 2004.

"God's Justified Knowledge and the Hard-Soft Fact Distinction." XXIst World Congress of Philosophy main program, Istanbul, Turkey, August 2003.

"A Process Interpretation of Dewey's Philosophy of Religion." International Institute for Field-Being session, XXIst World Congress of Philosophy, Istanbul, Turkey, August 2003.

"Democratic Deliberation, Pluralism, and Pragmatic Moral Evaluation." Central European Pragmatism Forum,  Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, June 2002.

"Dewey's Laboratory School: Lessons for Today." Lectures at the School of Education, Institute 8, Hamburg University, Germany, June 2002.

"Do We Have Free Will from God's Omniscient Perspective?" Conference on God, Free Will, and Determinism, at McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, March 2002.

"Responsibility and Punishment on Dewey's Theory of Democracy." 29th Conference on Value Inquiry. Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 2001.

"Human Freedom and Its Incompatibility with Divine Omniscience." Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Tennessee, February 2001.

"An Empirical Metaphysics of Value." Metaphysical Society of America, annual meeting. Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, March 2000.

"The Deweyan Theory of the Moral Problem." Lecture at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 1999.

"Peirce and Dewey on Scientific Contingency." Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, annual meeting. University of Toronto, Ontario, March 1996.


Organizer for Academic Events

Donald G. Wester Annual Philosophy Conference, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma (each spring semester of 2003, 2004, 2005).

Society of Humanist Philosophers. Group meeting with the American Philosophical Association (each December of

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

The Future of Naturalism. Conference at The Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York (September 2007).

Pragmatism and Science. Conference at The Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York (June 2008).

A Secular Summit: Secularism in America Today. Conference at The Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York (July 2009).

John Dewey's 150th Birthday Celebrtion: An International Conference on Dewey's Impact on America and the World. Conference at The Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York (October 2009).

Transforming Humanity: Fantasy? Dream? Nightmare? Conference with the Penn Center for Bioethics, University of

Pennsylvania (December 2010).

Neuroscience and Pragmatism: Productive Prospects. Conference at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in

Arlington, Virginia (June 2011).

Philosophy of Humanism. One-day program with the American Humanist Association Annual Conference (each June in 2012, 2013, 2014).

Pragmatism and the Brain. Conference at the University of North Carolina-Asheville (June 2016).