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Scott L. Pratt

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Professor of Philosophy
Director of Graduate Studies
Philosophy Department
Phone: 541-346-5971
Office: 239 Susan Campbell Hall
Research Interests: American Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Education


Scott L. Pratt is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He has served as Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2017-2019), Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (2015-2017), and as Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences (2006-2009). He has also served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Oregon and as department head for seven years. Pratt received his BA from Beloit College (Wisconsin) and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He is a co-founder and past President of the Josiah Royce Society and is Past-President of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.  
His research and teaching interests are in American philosophy (including pragmatism, America feminism, philosophies of race, and Native American philosophy), philosophy of education, and the history of logic.  He is coauthor (with Erin McKenna) of American Philosophy from Wounded Knee the Present (Bloomsbury, 2015), a comprehensive history of philosophy in North America from 1890 to the present, and author of two books including Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2002) on the influence of Native American thought on European American philosophy.  He is co-editor of four volumes including American Philosophies: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2002), Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems, by Josiah Royce, expanded edition, co-edited with  Shannon Sullivan (Fordham University Press, 2009) and Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy, co-edited with Erin McKenna (Open Court Press, 2009). He has published articles on the philosophy of pluralism, Dewey’s theory of inquiry, the philosophy of education, Josiah Royce’s logic, and on the intersection of American philosophy and the philosophies of indigenous North American peoples.


American Philosophy from Wounded Knee to the Present, co-authored with Erin McKenna, University of Oregon.  Bloomsbury Press (2015).
Logic: Inquiry, Argument and Order. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing (2010).
Native Pragmatism.  Indiana University Press (2002).
Edited Volumes
Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems, by Josiah Royce, expanded edition.  Co-edited with introductions by Scott L. Pratt and Shannon Sullivan.  Fordham University Press (2009).
Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy.  Co-edited with Erin McKenna. Open Court Press (2009).
The Philosophical Writings of Cadwallader Colden.  Co-edited with John Ryder.  Humanity Books (2002).
American Philosophy: An Anthology.  Co-edited with Leonard Harris and Anne Waters.  Blackwell Publishing (2002).
Books in Progress
Posthuman Empiricism: Agency, Ethics, and Politics in Social Inquiry, co-authored with Jerry Rosiek. Under contract, manuscript delivery May 2020. Routledge Press.
New Principles of Logic. (Manuscript in Progress)
Selected Refereed Articles
Agency and Sovereignty in American Indian Philosophy. Pragmatism Today, Volume 10, 2, Winter 2019, 16-23.
The New Materialisms and Indigenous Theories of Non-Human Agency: The Promise and Necessity of Respectful Anti-Colonial Engagement, co-authored with Jerry Rosiek and Jimmy Snyder. Qualitative Inquiry, 2-27-2019, https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1077800419830135.
Imperial Irony: Rorty, Richard Henry Pratt and the American Indian Genocide. Pragmatism Today, 7 (2) Winter 2016. 
Geography, History and the Aims of Education: The Possibility of Multiculturalism in Democracy and Education.  Educational Theory, 66, 1-2, April 2016.
Indigenous Agencies and The Pluralism of Empire.  Philosophical Topics, 41, 2, Fall 2013 [Summer 2015] Envisioning Plurality: Feminist Perspectives on Pluralism in Ethics, Politics, and Social Theory, Edited by Jean Keller and Bonnie Mann.
Jane Addams as a Resource for Developing a Reflexively Realist Social Science Practice, Qualitative Inquiry, co-authored with Jerry Rosiek, 19, 8, October 2013 pp. 578 - 589.
“All Our Puzzles Will Disappear”: Royce and the Possibility of Error, Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia, 11, 2, (July – December, 2010).
Opera as Experience.  Journal of Aesthetic Education, 43, 4, Winter 2009.
The Experience of Pluralism.  Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 21, 2, 2007, 106-114.
“New Continents”: The Future of Royce’s Logic.  History and Philosophy of Logic, 28, 2 (2007), 133-150.
Persons in Place: The Agent Ontology of Vine Deloria, Jr.  APA Newsletter on American Indians in Philosophy, 6, 1 (2006), 4-9.
Selected Invited Papers, Chapters in Anthologies, and Special Issues

Decolonizing Natural Logic. In Logical skills, Social Historical Perspectives, edited by Julie Brumberg and Claude Rosental. Studies in Universal Logic, Springer Nature Switzerland AG (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58446-7_2.

The Metaphysics of Toleration in American Indian Philosophy. In

The Relevance of Jane Addams’s Democracy and Social EthicsThe Pluralist, 16, 1 (2021), 128-136.

The Edges of Resistance. Pragmatism Today, Vol. 11, 2, (2020), pp. 55-64.

Kathleen Wallace and The Network Self. Metaphilosophy, 51, 5 (2020).

The Aesthetics of Rehearsal. Imagining Dewey: Artful works and dialogue about Art as Experience. Edited by Patricia L. Maarhuis and A.G. Rud. Brill. (2020).“So much has been destroyed”: Genocide and American Philosophy. The Pluralist, Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2019, pp. 1-20. 
The Metaphysics of Toleration in American Indian Philosophy. In Toleration in Comparative Perspective, edited by Vicki Spencer. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books (2018).
Philosophy and the Mirror of Culture: On the Future and Function of Dewey Scholarship. Co-authored with Erin McKenna. In The Oxford Handbook of John Dewey, edited by Steven Fesmire. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017, 2019). 
Boundaries as limits and possibilities. John Dewey’s Democracy and Education: A Centennial Handbook. Leonard Waks and Andrea English, editors. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming (2017).
Race, Culture, and Pluralism: Royce’s Logical “Primitives.” In The Relevance of Royce, Kelly A. Parker and Jason Bell, editors.  Fordham University Press, 2014, 132-150.
American Power, Foucault Studies, No. 11, pp. 76-91, February 2011.
Creation and Liberation: The Ontology of American Indian Origins.  In Routledge Companion to Science and Religion, James Haag and Michael Spezio, editors.  Routledge, 2011.
Border Agents and Boundary Identities.  Central European Pragmatist Forum, Volume 5, Identity and Social Transformation.  John Ryder and Emil Visnovsky, editors. Rodopi, 2011, 103-116. 
The Politics of Disjunction.  Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, 46, 2, Spring 2010, pp. 202-220.
Fly-Fishing and the Ecology of Music.  In Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy.  Co-edited with Erin McKenna. Open Court Press (2009).


Pratt teaches courses that introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the wide range of thinkers within the American tradition. These courses include a general introduction to American philosophy, surveys of African American and Native American philosophy, as well as courses on the work of John Dewey, William James, Josiah Royce, Jane Addams, C. S. Peirce, and W. E. B. Du Bois. He has also teaches graduate seminars on epistemology, philosophy of education, pragmatist social theory, pluralism, and the history of philosophy. In addition, Pratt teaches PHIL 420/520, Native American Philosophy with a focus on the intersection of European American and Indigenous philosophy and its implications for metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, and Advanced Symbolic Logic.