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

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  1. 2018. Even worse than it seems: Transformative experience and the selection problem. Journal of Philosophical Research 43: 113-124.

  2. 2018. Did Dewey have a theory of truth? Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54: 39-63.

  3. 2018. The case for discussion-intensive pedagogy. APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy.

  4. 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.

  5. 2018. From global expressivism to global pragmatism. Metaphilosophy 49: 71-89.

  6. 2017. A pragmatic argument for a pragmatic theory of truth. Contemporary Pragmatism 14: 135-156.

  7. 2014. Radical pragmatism: An operator’s guide. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 6: 125-144.

  8. 2011. Pragmatic epistemology, logic, and inquiry. In Sami Pihlström (Ed.), The Continuum Companion to Pragmatism. New York: Continuum.

  9. 2008. With David Hildebrand and Kimberly Bilica. Addressing controversies in science education: A pragmatic approach to evolution education. Science and Education 17: 1033-1052.

  10. 2006. Jamesian truth. William James Studies 1.

  11. 2004. Sidney Hook and anti-communism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40: 803-816.

  12. 2003. Pragmatism and the McCarthy Era. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39: 61-76.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 1999. The pragmatism of Frederick L. Will. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: 475-500.

  16. 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)