Larry Hickman

Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy
Director Emeritus, Center for Dewey Studies
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Larry A. Hickman is an internationally-recognized authority on the life and thought of philosopher John Dewey. His research explores the philosophy of technology, philosophy of education, environmental philosophy, American philosophy and pragmatism, critical theory, film studies, and the philosophy of religion.

His articles and book chapters include: “Dewey, Pragmatism, Technology” in the Oxford Handbook of Dewey (ed. Steven Fesmire, Oxford Univ. Press, 2017); “Educational Occupations and Classroom Technology” (European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 2016); “Propositions, Truth Values, and Technology in John Dewey’s Theory of Inquiry” (Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú , 2015); “John Dewey’s Naturalism as a Model for Global Ethics” (Hrvatsko Filozofsko DruÅ¡tvo, 2014); “Dewey’s Critique of our ‘Unmodern’ Philosophy” (EJPAP, 2013); “Saskia Sassen on Method and Interpretation” (The Pluralist, 2013); “Can We Have Humanist Technosciences?” (The Human Prospect, 2013); “Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Technological Culture” (Filosofický ÄŒasopis Ročník, 2012); “Dewey, Foucault, Rabinow” (The Pluralist, 2012); “Educating for Profit, Educating Global Citizenship” (Human Affairs, 2012); “Forward” for Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy (by Dewey, ed. Phillip Deen, SIU Press, 2012); “The Genesis of Democratic Norms: Agonistic Pluralism or Experimentalism? ” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); “Scientific Concepts in Dewey’s Pedagogy” (Rodophi, 2011); “Representative Democracy, Participatory Democracy, and the Trajectory of Social Transformation” (Rodopi, 2011); “Science and Technology” (Continuum, 2011); “John Dewey’s Naturalism as a Model for Global Ethics ” (Synthesis Philosophica, 2010); “Truth Deflationism, Technology, and Classical Pragmatism” (Acta Philosophica Fennica, 2009), “Technological Pragmatism” and “Technology and Community Life” (Wiley, 2009); “Publics and Products: Reassembling the Social” (Rodopi, 2009); “Pragmatism, Constructivism, and the Philosophy of Technology” (Fordham Univ. Press, 2009); “Postphenomenology and Pragmatism: Closer Than You Might Think?” (Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 2008); and “Revisiting Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture” (2003).

Hickman recently co-authored Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century (with Jim Garrison and Daisaku Ikeda, Dialogue Path Press, 2014). His monographs include Pragmatism as Post-postmodernism: Lessons from John Dewey (Fordham Univ. Press, 2007); Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work (Indiana Univ. Press, 2001); John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology (IU Press, 1990); and Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates (Philosophia Verlag, 1980).

He is co-editor of multiple volumes, including Confines of Democracy: Essays on the Philosophy of Richard J. Bernstein (with Ramón del Castillo and Ángel M. Faerna, Brill Rodopi, 2015); The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey : Reflections on Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society (with Matthew Caleb Flamm, Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński, and Jennifer A. Rea, Rodopi, 2011); The Class Lectures of John Dewey, Vol. 1, Political Philosophy, Logic, Ethics (with Donald F. Koch, InteLex Corp., 2010); John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy in International Perspective: A New Democracy for the Twenty-First Century (with Giuseppe Spadafora, SIU Press, 2009); John Dewey: Between Pragmatism and Constructivism (with Stefan Neubert and Kersten Reich, Fordham Univ. Press, 2009); The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953 (InteLex, 2008); The Correspondence of John Dewey. Vol. 1: 1871-1918, Vol. 2: 1919-1939, Vol. 3: 1940-1952, Vol. 4: 1953-2007 (InteLex, 2008); The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought by John Dewey (SIU Press, 2007); The Essential Dewey. Vol. I: Pragmatism, Education, and Democracy and Vol. II: Ethics, Logic, Psychology (with Thomas Alexander, IU Press, 1998); and Reading Dewey: Interpretations for a Postmodern Generation (IU Press, 1998).

In 2015, a collection of Hickman’s essays, John Dewey Forever Young: Hickman on Dewey (ed. Wang Chengbing, China Legal Academic Press) was published. He also wrote and narrated the educational DVD, John Dewey: His Life and Work (2001), which is widely used in departments of philosophy and education, and received a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2001. Hickman’s publications have been the recipients of three “Outstanding Academic Title” awards from Choice, and his work has been translated into a half-dozen languages.

Prof. Hickman was a Phi Kappa Phi Scholar, and has served as president of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. He has also served as president of several national and international societies, including the John Dewey Society, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Society for Philosophy and Technology, and Southwestern Philosophical Society. He has served on numerous executive and advisory boards, including those of the Association for Documentary Editing, the International Pragmatism Society, the Dewey-Center Köln (Germany), and the Center for Studies of Dewey and American Philosophy at Fudan University (Shanghai, China). Internationally-known for his scholarship on themes such as technology, democracy, and education, Hickman has lectured in nineteen foreign countries.

The Center for Dewey Studies is the ongoing home for publishing projects and research materials, as well as cooperating since 2014 with the Center for Dewey Studies in France within the l’Institut Marcel Mauss, the Dewey-Center Switzerland at the Univ. of St. Gall, and the Dewey Studies Research Project at Univ. College Dublin.