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Dr. Steven Fesmire
Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Steven Fesmire is Professor of Philosophy at Radford University and President-elect of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. His recent public philosophy work—most of which has been in the ambit of ethics, education, and politics—has appeared in places such as Salon, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation, Huffington Post, The Humanist, The Key Reporter, Education Week, and Vermont Public Radio. He is the author of John Dewey and Moral Imagination: Pragmatism in Ethics (Indiana University Press, 2003), winner of a 2005 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award. He is also the author of Dewey (Routledge Press, 2015), winner of a 2015 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award. Most recently, he is editor of The Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, 2019), and he is completing two book manuscripts: Beyond Moral Fundamentalism: Pluralism in Ethics, Education, and Politics, and Ignorance of Context: Cultivating an Ecological Imagination in Ethics, Education, and Politics. Professor Fesmire was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar at Kyoto University and Kobe University in Japan, a 2015–16 Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, and a 2016 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Prior to joining the Radford faculty, Professor Fesmire was Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Middlebury College and Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont.
- "On (Not) Becoming a Moral Monster: Democratically Transforming American Racial Imaginations," Dewey Studies, special issue, Creative Democracy in the Age of Pandemic and Police Violence, edited by Leonard Waks (forthcoming, 2020).
- “Pragmatist Ethics and Climate Change,” in Moral Theory and Climate Change: Ethical Perspectives on a Warming Planet, ed. Dale Miller and Ben Eggleston (Routledge, April 2020).
Here are some recent non-fiction books that Professor Fesmire recommends for anyone on the lookout for cutting-edge research on identity and American racial justice:
- Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (New York: Liveright, 2018).
- Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons For Our Own (New York: Crown, 2020).
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and The Rise of Jim Crow (New York: Penguin, 2019).
- Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (New York: Liveright, 2017).
And here are some new fiction recommendations: