Scott L. Pratt
In addition to articles on the history and implications of logic including “The Logic of Posthuman Inquiry: Affirmative Politics, Validity, and Futurities” (with Jerry Rosiek, forthcoming) and “Decolonizing Natural Logic” (2021), he is the author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books and many articles. His book, Logic: Inquiry, Argument and Order (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) is the first introductory study of logic framed in terms of problems of identity and knowledge that arise in the context of racial, cultural, and religious diversity. Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2002) examines the influence of Native American thought on European American philosophy, particularly the origins of pragmatism. He is co-author, with Erin McKenna, of American Philosophy from Wounded Knee to the Present (Bloomsbury, 2015; revised edition forthcoming), a comprehensive history of philosophies in North America from 1890 to the present. His current research project is a study of the role of logic (formal and informal) in the colonization of North America and its implications for present-day anti-colonial and decolonial efforts. The project has the working title, Against Critical Reason.
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 and a survey of 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 taught 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 PHIL 426/526, Advanced Logic.