John Capps

 I’m a Professor of Philosophy at RIT.

I specialize in epistemology, American pragmatism, and the history of 20th century Anglo-American philosophy.


Selected Publications

Download my CV here.

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Recent reviews

  1. Forthcoming. Review of Neurath Reconsidered: New Sources and Perspectives edited by Jordi Cat and Adam Tamas Tuboly. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science

  2. 2017. Review of Cambridge Pragmatism by Cheryl Misak. Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.

  3. 2013. Review of Expressivism, Pragmatism, and Representationalism by Huw Price. Contemporary Pragmatism 10: 193-200

  4. 2013. Review of Preludes to Pragmatism by Philip Kitcher. The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49: 443-447.

  5. 2012. Review of Truth and Skepticism by Robert Almeder. Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews

In 2019 I co-curated the on-line exhibit Words Divide —Pictures Unite: Otto Neurath, Isotype, and the Unity of Science using texts and images from RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection.


  1. Forthcoming. A Common sense pragmatic theory of truth. Philosophia.

  2. Forthcoming. Democracy, truth, and understanding: an epistemic argument for democracy. In M.C. Navin and R. Nunan (Eds.), Democracy, Populism, and Truth. New York: Springer.

  3. 2019. Playing fair by William James. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 55(1): 65-70.

  4. 2019. The pragmatic theory of truth. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

  5. 2018. Even worse than it seems: Transformative experience and the selection problem. Journal of Philosophical Research 43: 113-124.

  6. 2018. Did Dewey have a theory of truth? Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54(1): 39-63

  7. 2018. The case for discussion-intensive pedagogy. APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 17(2): 5-11.

  8. 2018. The Pragmatic origins of ethical expressivism: Stevenson, Dewey, and the International Encyclopedia of Unified Science. In S. Marchetti and M. Baghramian (Eds.), Pragmatism and the European Traditions: Encounters with Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology Before the Great Divide. New York: Routledge.

  9. 2018. From global expressivism to global pragmatism. Metaphilosophy 49: 71-89.

  10. 2017. A pragmatic argument for a pragmatic theory of truth. Contemporary Pragmatism 14: 135-156.

  11. 2014. Radical pragmatism: An operator’s guide. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 6: 125-144.

  12. 2011. Pragmatic epistemology, logic, and inquiry. In Sami Pihlström (Ed.), The Continuum Companion to Pragmatism. New York: Continuum.

  13. 2008. With David Hildebrand and Kimberly Bilica. Addressing controversies in science education: A pragmatic approach to evolution education. Science and Education 17: 1033-1052.

  14. 2006. Jamesian truth. William James Studies 1.

  15. 2004. Sidney Hook and anti-communism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40: 803-816.

  16. 2003. Pragmatism and the McCarthy Era. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39: 61-76.

  17. 2002. Achieving pluralism: Why AIDS activists differ From creationists. In T. Burke, M. Hester, & R. Talisse (Eds.) New Essays on Dewey’s Logical Theory (pp. 239-261). Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

  18. 2000. Naturalism, pragmatism, and design. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14: 161-178.

  19. 1996. Dewey, Quine, and pragmatic naturalized epistemology. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 32: 634-667.





I regularly teach courses on epistemology, American philosophy, logic, and contemporary philosophy. The most recent syllabi for these and other courses are below.

In Spring 2018 I taught a seminar on "Truth in the Time of Trump." The syllabus for that course is here.


Logic (.pdf)

Contemporary Philosophy(.pdf)


American Philosophy(.pdf)

Introduction to Philosophy(.pdf)

Modern Philosophy(.pdf)