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Scott R. Stroud
University of Texas at Austin
  1. Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric.Scott R. Stroud - 2014 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    While Immanuel Kant is an epochal figure in a variety of fields, he has not figured prominently in the study of rhetoric and communication. This book represents the most detailed examination available into Kant's uneasy but often misunderstood relationship with rhetoric. By explicating Kant's complex understanding of rhetoric, this book advances the thesis that communicative practices play an important role in Kant's account of how we become better humans and how we create morally cultivating communities.
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    John Dewey and the Artful Life: Pragmatism, Aesthetics, and Morality.Scott R. Stroud - 2011 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    "Examines the relationship between art and morality discussed in the writings of American pragmatist John Dewey.
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    The Complex Relationship Among Truth, Argument, and Narrative.Scott R. Stroud - 2020 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 34 (4):508-525.
    ABSTRACT What are the obstacles to believing that narratives can argue? How can we be assured that narratives argue well? This article will explore major objections to accounts of narrative argument and literary truth, and explore a theory of narrative reasoning that emphasizes identification as a vital part of argument. In exploring the account of narrative offered by Walter Fisher in light of concerns with narrative in rhetorical studies and philosophy, I explicate a renewed sense of identification and narrative reasoning (...)
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    The Dark Side of the Online Self: A Pragmatist Critique of the Growing Plague of Revenge Porn.Scott R. Stroud - 2014 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 29 (3):168-183.
    This study seeks to understand and critique the growing online trend of “revenge porn,” or the intentional embarrassment of identifiable individuals through the posting of nude images online. This posting of intimate pictures, often done out of motives of revenge for perceived relational scorn, is enhanced by the varying levels of online anonymity. Using the theoretical framework of John Dewey's pragmatism, this study both analyzes this understudied but complex new problem precipitated by the conditions of the online self and establishes (...)
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    Pragmatism and Orientation.Scott R. Stroud - 2006 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 20 (4):287 - 307.
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    Rhetoric and Moral Progress in Kant’s Ethical Community.Scott R. Stroud - 2005 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 38 (4):328-354.
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    Simulation, Subjective Knowledge, and the Cognitive Value of Literary Narrative.Scott R. Stroud - 2008 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 42 (3):pp. 19-41.
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    Orientational Meliorism, Pragmatist Aesthetics, and the Bhagavad Gita.Scott R. Stroud - 2009 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 43 (1):pp. 1-17.
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    Living Large.Scott R. Stroud - 2003 - Teaching Ethics 4 (1):47-67.
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    William James and the Impetus of Stoic Rhetoric.Scott R. Stroud - 2012 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 45 (3):246.
    The relationship between William James and the stoics remains an enigma. He was clearly influenced by reading Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus throughout his career. Some work has been done on the thematic convergences between Jamesian pragmatism and stoic thought, but this study takes a different path. I argue that the rhetorical style that James uses in arguing for his moral claims in front of popular audiences can be better understood if we see it in light of the stoic style of (...)
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    How To Do Things with Art.Scott R. Stroud - 2006 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (2):341-364.
    In this article, I argue that speech act theory can be altered to accommodate art objects as evocative illocutionary speech acts that areaimed toward reaching understanding. To do this, I discuss the example of Zen Buddhism’s use of the koan, an aesthetic object that can be seen as evoking a given experience from its auditors for the purpose of reaching understanding on a point that the teacher wishes to make. I argue that such a reading of art as evocative can (...)
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    John Dewey and the Question of Artful Criticism.Scott R. Stroud - 2011 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 44 (1):27-51.
    Defining “criticism” is a simple—but bedeviling—task. No less a critic and theorist than Edwin Black begins with the simple statement that “criticism is what critics do.” While he admits that this seems like an empty definition, Black does note that it has one redeeming feature—“It compels us to focus on the critic” (1978, 4). Criticism and those who engage in it are integrally connected, and any account of critical activity must deal with both the activity and its actor. In this (...)
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    Force, Nonviolence, and Communication in the Pragmatism of Bhimrao Ambedkar.Scott R. Stroud - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):112-130.
    ABSTRACT This article argues that we should take the philosophical thought of Bhimrao Ambedkar, the Indian politician and advocate for “untouchable” rights, seriously as part of the pragmatist tradition. Doing so will reveal the international impact of pragmatist thought and will contribute to current concerns over how citizens should communicate and pursue advocacy in pluralistic societies. As a student of Dewey's, Ambedkar took pragmatist ideas of democracy and integrated them into his reading of Buddhism. His reconstruction of nonviolence as love (...)
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    John Dewey and the Question of Artful Communication.Scott R. Stroud - 2008 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 41 (2):pp. 153-183.
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    What Did Bhimrao Ambedkar Learn From John Dewey’s Democracy and Education?Scott R. Stroud - 2017 - The Pluralist 12 (2):78-103.
    Bhimrao Ambedkar is well-known as the architect of the Indian constitution, the document that created the world's largest democracy when it came into effect in 1950. Ambedkar is also famous, or infamous according to some religious partisans, in the Indian political context for his unflagging and often bombastic advocacy on behalf of India's so-called "untouchables." Being a Mahar, an untouchable caste in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Ambedkar knew of the struggles and the religiously underwritten violence that was foisted upon (...)
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    Creative Democracy, Communication, and the Uncharted Sources of Bhimrao Ambedkar's Deweyan Pragmatism.Scott R. Stroud - 2018 - Education and Culture 34 (1):61.
    Bhimrao Ambedkar is well known as the architect of independent India’s constitution, the document that created the world’s largest democracy on January 26, 1950. Ambedkar is also famous for his vigorous advocacy on behalf of India’s so-called “untouchables,” those groups of people that reside beneath and outside of the ancient system of hereditary castes in Hinduism. His activism and political efforts secured rights and respect for millions of lower-caste Indians before his death in 1956. Even though Ambedkar was an untouchable, (...)
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    Narrative as Argument in Indian Philosophy: The Astavakra Gita as Multivalent Narrative.Scott R. Stroud - 2004 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 37 (1):42-71.
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    The Challenge of Speaking with Others: A Pragmatist Account of Democratic Rhetoric.Scott R. Stroud - 2015 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29 (1):91-106.
    ABSTRACT This article explores what the contours of a pragmatist theory of rhetoric would be like in its democratic instantiation. The threat of partisan thought and dogmatism in argument is examined as a threat to the sort of democratic community pragmatists such as John Dewey desired to create. Partisans fail to realize not only their own limitations in pursuing the true and the good but also the fact that solving problems through overly partisan forms of reasoning or argument only creates (...)
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    Orientational Meliorism in Dewey and Dōgen.Scott R. Stroud - 2007 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (1):185-215.
    In the present work, I constructively engage the thought of the American pragmatist John Dewey and the Zen Buddhist Dōmgen on moral cultivation. I argue that Dewey presents a useful notion of moral development and growth with a focus on attentiveness to one's situation, but I also note that he leaves out extended analysis of how one is to foster such an orientation. Turning to the writings of Dōmgen, I argue that Deweyan moral theory can be supplemented by the methods (...)
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    The humble cosmopolitan: Rights, diversity, and trans-state democracy.Scott R. Stroud - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-4.
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    Comprehensive Rhetorical Pluralism and the Demands of Democratic Discourse: Partisan Perfect Reasoning, Pragmatism, and the Freeing Solvent of Jaina Logic.Scott R. Stroud - 2014 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 47 (3):297-322.
    One theme that unites many, if not all, pragmatists is the theme of community, whether in the form of communal matters of truth production and verification in shared experience or in the search for the ideal sociopolitical public. Thus Richard Bernstein closes his study of community, a concern “so fundamental in the pragmatic tradition,” by connecting it to the communicative interests of all the pragmatist thinkers he examines: “Fallibility, openness, criticism, mutual respect, and recognition are essential dimensions of their understanding (...)
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    Narrative as Argument in Indian Philosophy: The.Scott R. Stroud - 2004 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 37 (1):42-71.
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    Kant on Community: A Reply to Gehrke.Scott R. Stroud - 2006 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 39 (2):157-165.
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    Constructing a Deweyan Theory of Moral Cultivation.Scott R. Stroud - 2006 - Contemporary Pragmatism 3 (2):99-116.
    This article constructs a theory of moral cultivation from the writings of John Dewey. Examining his early work in ethics, I argue that the goal of moral cultivation for such a Deweyan scheme is an individual who is attentive and engaged with the particulars of her situation. I then sketch an account of art's moral value and its connection to attentiveness, intimating a way to dissolve longstanding problems in the philosophy of art.
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    Democracy, Partisanship, and the Meliorative Value of Sympathy in John Dewey's Philosophy of Communication.Scott R. Stroud - 2016 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30 (1):75-93.
    American democracy, while no stranger to internal conflict, has seemingly reached a boiling point regarding political partisanship. Things have gotten so bad that parties rarely talk to each other on important issues, and shutting down the government over ideological disagreements has become a more or less accepted move. Tom Allen, a former U.S. representative from Maine, paints this provocative picture of how the warring political parties in the U.S. government see each other: “Democrats see Republicans as inattentive to evidence and (...)
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    Dewey on Art as Evocative Communication.Scott R. Stroud - 2007 - Education and Culture 23 (2):pp. 6-26.
    In his work on aesthetics, John Dewey provocatively (and enigmatically) called art the "most universal and freest form of communication," and tied his reading of aesthetic experience to such an employment. I will explore how art, a seemingly obscure and indirect means of communication, can be used as the most effective and moving means of communication in certain circumstances. Dewey's theory of art will be shown to hold that art can be purposively employed to communicatively evoke a certain experience through (...)
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    Shusterman's Pragmatism: Between Literature and Soma-Esthetics Edited by Dorota Koczanowicz and Wojciech Malecki (Review).Scott R. Stroud - 2014 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 48 (2):123-127.
    There are few contemporary thinkers in the tradition of American pragmatism as prolific or as creative as Richard Shusterman. His thought and work range from analytic aesthetics to political philosophy, from ethics to the importance of bodily habits in modern society. The volume edited by Dorota Koczanowicz and Wojciech Malecki highlights the remarkable international reception of Shusterman’s ideas. The majority of the contributors to this volume are Polish academics, a fact that stems from its origin in a 2008 conference in (...)
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    Desire, Truth, and the Role of Narrative Skepticism in Democratic Experience.Scott R. Stroud - 2021 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 35 (4):349-370.
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    Pragmatist Media Ethics and the Challenges of Fake News.Scott R. Stroud - 2019 - Journal of Media Ethics 34 (4):178-192.
    ABSTRACTIncreasing attention is being directed at the impact of fake news on democratic societies across the globe. Scholars in a range of fields are attempting to determine who is behind fake news...
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    Recovering the Story of Pragmatism in India: Bhimrao Ambedkar, John Dewey, and the Origins of Navayana Pragmatism.Scott R. Stroud - 2022 - The Pluralist 17 (1):15-24.
    while many have explored the international reception of Dewey’s thought—for instance, by Hu Shih in the Chinese context—little has been said about the fate of pragmatism in India. Yet there is a line of discernable influence to Indian politics and civil rights movements in the person of Bhimrao Ambedkar. Ambedkar was a famous Indian statesman and anti-caste activist, but he was also a formidable intellectual and philosopher whose collected works span over twenty volumes. He also was highly educated in the (...)
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    Economic Experience as Art? John Dewey's Lectures in China and the Problem of Mindless Occupational Labor.Scott R. Stroud - 2013 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27 (2):113-133.
    The American pragmatist John Dewey was no stranger to the problems of economics and their effects on the quality of work experience. Indeed, in his Democracy and Education (1916/1985), he remarks that “the greatest evil of the present regime is not found in poverty and in the suffering which it entails, but in the fact that so many persons have callings which make no appeal to them, which are pursued simply for the money reward that accrues” (MW 9:326–27). This was (...)
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    Defending Kant’s Ethics in Light of the Modern Business Organization.Scott R. Stroud - 2002 - Teaching Ethics 2 (2):29-40.
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    A Practical Guide to Ethics: Living and Leading with Integrity.Rita C. Manning & Scott R. Stroud - 2008 - Routledge.
    This essential new text is designed for courses in contemporary moral issues, applied ethics, and leadership. Emphasizing personal choice in the study of ethics, the authors take the reader on a journey of self-discovery rather than a mere academic survey of the field of ethics.A Practical Guide to Ethics: Living and Leading with Integrity helps students develop their skills in ethical decision-making and put those decisions into effective practice. Its unique focus on leadership, especially the moral dimensions of understanding one's (...)
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  34. Śankara and the Challenges of Interpretation.Scott R. Stroud - 2011 - Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion 16:116-137.
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  35. Kant and Śankara on Freedom.Scott R. Stroud - 2003 - South Pacific Journal of Philosophy and Culture 7.
     
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    The Philosophy of Robert Ettinger.Charles Tandy & Scott R. Stroud (eds.) - 2002 - Universal Publishers.
    The ideas presented by Ettinger in these two books are examined in the present volume by living philosophers.
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    Rhetoric's Pragmatism: Essays in Rhetorical Hermeneutics by Steven Mailloux.Scott R. Stroud - 2019 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 52 (4):407-412.
    Pragmatism’s star in the field of rhetorical studies continues to rise, with more and more scholars mining the depths of figures such as Dewey, James, Addams, and beyond for rhetorically useful material. Part of the challenge comes from the complex historical context that such thinkers are embedded in; another challenge stems from pragmatism’s own commitment to praxis over the production of abstract—and all too often academic—theories divorced from the historical-material conditions of their emergence. Often, its best thinkers are those who (...)
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    Memory, Reconstruction, and Ethics in Memorialization.Scott R. Stroud & Jonathan A. Henson - 2019 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33 (2):282-299.
    ABSTRACT The article examines the ethical choices that are implicit in acts of memorialization. By engaging literature on the rhetoric of memorials and pragmatist aesthetics, we argue that memorialization involves a range of important ethical choices in who is remembered, how they are remembered, and the experience the act of memorialization evokes in viewers. By using John Dewey's nascent account of memorial aesthetics, we construct an exploratory typology of the ways that memorials can use and evoke the experience of viewers. (...)
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    Moral Cultivation in Kant and Xunzi.Scott R. Stroud - 2011 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 38 (4):538-555.
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    Freedom in Kant's Political and Ethical Thought.Scott R. Stroud - unknown
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    Pragmatism, Pluralism, and World Hypotheses.Scott R. Stroud - 2015 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 48 (3):266-291.
    ABSTRACTThis article addresses the ongoing debate between pluralistic and monistic approaches to dealing with critical disagreement. I return to the theory of world hypotheses advanced by Stephen C. Pepper, an understudied figure in aesthetics and pragmatism, to enunciate a version of pluralism that centers on the nature of critical evidence and its functioning in social settings of argument. I argue that Pepper's expansive philosophy holds interesting implications for what can be called the metaphysics of criticism, a point missed by partisans (...)
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    Living Large: Kant and the Sublimity of Technology.Scott R. Stroud - 2003 - Teaching Ethics 4 (1):47-67.
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    Inquiry and Education: John Dewey and the Quest for Democracy.Scott R. Stroud - 2007 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 35 (106):55-57.
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    Aesthetic Experience and Its Values.Scott R. Stroud - 2020 - In Stefano Marino & Pietro Terzi (eds.), Kant’s ›Critique of Aesthetic Judgment‹ in the 20th Century: A Companion to its Main Interpretations. De Gruyter. pp. 265-282.
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    Pragmatism, Democracy, and the Necessity of Rhetoric (Review).Scott R. Stroud - 2009 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 42 (1):pp. 96-101.
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    Comment Sections and the Ethical Demands of Democracy.Scott R. Stroud - forthcoming - Journal of Media Ethics:1-3.
    The decision of some online news platforms to eliminate comment sections is both understandable and frustrating. It is understandable as one does not have to read far into comment sections to see d...
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    A Kantian Critique Of Cryonic Immortality.Scott R. Stroud - 2002 - In Charles Tandy & Scott R. Stroud (eds.), The Philosophy of Robert Ettinger. Universal Publishers. pp. 135.
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    Cheryl Misak, Ed. New Pragmatists. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007. Pp. 195. Cloth ISBN 0-1992-7997-7.Scott R. Stroud - 2008 - Contemporary Pragmatism 5 (1):163-168.
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    Multivalent Narratives and Indian Philosophical Argument.Scott R. Stroud - 2002 - Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion 7:45-78.
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    Understanding and Interpretation: Defending Gadamer in Light of Shusterman's "Beneath Interpretation".Scott R. Stroud - 2002 - Auslegung 25 (2):151-160.
    This essay will argue that this position advanced by Shusterman rests ultimately on a misconception of Gadamer's notion of interpretation, and as such, is not a strong challenge to Gadamer's insights concerning the process of human understanding. Shusterman's emphasis on understanding being pre-reflective and interpretation being conscious disavows Gadamer's analysis that they are identical in so far as they both refer to an individual's situatedness in tradition and its concurrent impacts on the production of meaning. In order to demonstrate how (...)
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