Steven Miller

Visiting Professor of Philosophy


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Office: East 206

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations

Basic Information

Education

  • Ph.D., philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • M.A., philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • A.B., philosophy and religion, Ripon College

Awards & Honors

  • SIUC Department of Philosophy nominee – 2014-2015 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, SIUC Graduate School, 2014-2015.
  • S. Morris Eames Graduate Scholarship, SIUC Department of Philosophy, 2012-13.
  • Paul Arthur Schillp Graduate Student Scholarship, SIUC Department of Philosophy, 2011-12.
  • Graduate Assistantship, SIUC Department of Philosophy, 2009-2014.
  • William Tyree Prize in Philosophy, Ripon College, 2007.
  • Summer Research Award, Ripon College Department of Religion, 2006.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Toward a Practice of Stoic Pragmatism,” The Pluralist, vol. 10, no. 2, Spring 2015, pp. 150- 171, – Steven A. Miller and Yasuko Taoka.
  • “John Dewey is a Tool: Lessons from Rorty and Brandom on the History of Pragmatism,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, vol. 50, no. 2, Spring 2014, pp. 246-264.
  • “Participatory Budgeting in the United States: A Preliminary Analysis of Chicago’s 49th Ward Experiment,” New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture, vol. 36, no. 2, June 2014, pp. 193-218 – LaShonda M. Stewart, Steven A. Miller, R.W. Hildreth, Maja Wright-Phillips.
  • “On Instruments and Aesthetics: A Possible Deweyan Inconsistency,” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, vol. 5, no. 2, Winter 2013, pp. 157-171.
  • “Consonances between Indian Thought and Josiah Royce’s Developing Absolute,” The Pluralist, vol. 8, no. 2, Summer 2013, pp. 60-77.
  • “Richard Rorty’s Sellarsian Uptake,” Pragmatism Today, vol. 2, no. 1, Summer 2011, pp. 94- 104.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport, Richard Lally, et al., eds., for Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, vol. 41, no. 1, Spring 2014, pp. 279-282.
  • Review of An Ethics for Today, Richard Rorty, for Contemporary Pragmatism, vol. 8, no. 1, June 2011, pp. 222-225.

Edited Volumes

  • "Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante and Goethe", Vol. 8 in The Works of George Santayana, assistant editor (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press), forthcoming.
  • Pragmatism with Purpose: Selected Writings, co-edited with Joseph Palencik and Douglas Anderson (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015), 288 pp.
  • Proceedings of the 13th Annual Building Bridges Conference, guest editor, Kinesis, Vol. 37, No. 2, Fall 2010, pp. 4-54.

Other Publications

Essays Under Review

  • “From Projects to Problems: A Deweyan Analysis of Participatory Budgeting,” R.W. Hildreth and Steven A. Miller, revise and resubmit at Journal of Social Philosophy.
  • “Public Administration’s Misuse of ‘Participatory Budgeting’,” Steven A. Miller, R.W. Hildreth, and LaShonda M. Stewart, revise and resubmit at Administration and Society.

Areas of Interest

  • American pragmatism
  • Neopragmatism
  • Social and political philosophy

Presentations

  • “Community, Mutuality, and the Limits of Participatory Budgeting” (with R.W. Hildreth), 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting (in Oakland and Vallejo, California), Sept. 25-27, 2014.
  • “Public Works or Publics Working? A Deweyan Analysis of Participatory Budgeting” (with R.W. Hildreth), workshop on Politics, Ethics, and Society (at Washington University in St. Louis), Sept. 5, 2014.
  • “‘Despite Peirce’s Valiant Efforts...’: Ethical Community in a Sellarsian Vein,” Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress (at University of Massachusetts Lowell), July 16-19, 2014.
  • “Public Works or Publics Working? A Deweyan Analysis of Participatory Budgeting” (with Roudy Hildreth), 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (in Denver, Colorado), March 6-8, 2014.
  • “Pessimism in American Thought,” Personalist Forum at American Philosophical Association Eastern Division (in Baltimore, Maryland), Dec. 27-30, 2013 [invited].
  • “Participatory Budgeting in the United States: A Preliminary Analysis of Chicago’s 49th Ward Experiment,” Illinois Political Science Association (in Elgin, Illinois), Nov. 2, 2013.
  • “Toward a Practice of Stoic Pragmatism,” Midwest Pragmatist Study Group (at Indiana University – Purdue University), Sept. 22-23, 2013.
  • “John Dewey is a Tool: Lessons from Rorty and Brandom on the History of Pragmatism,” American and European Values IX Conference: Richard Rorty and Beyond (at Opole University, Poland), July 30-Aug. 2, 2013 [invited].
  • “Love and Loyalty for Royce, Sellars, and Rorty,” Dissertation-in-Progress session, 2013 Summer Institute in American Philosophy (at Oregon State University), July 8-13, 2013.
  • “Consonances between Indian Thought and Josiah Royce’s Developing Absolute,”
    2012 Annual Conference of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy (at Southern Illinois University), Oct. 11-14, 2012.
  • “The Problem with The Problems of Men and The Problems of Philosophers,” 2011 Summer Institute in American Philosophy (at Oregon State University), July 11-16, 2011.
  • “We-Intentionality in Wilfrid Sellars’s Systematic Moral Philosophy,” 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (in Spokane, Washington), March 10-12, 2011.
  • “Understanding ‘Vocabularies All the Way Down’: Rorty and Sellars on Experience,” 69th Annual Iowa Philosophical Society Conference (at Grinnell College), Nov. 13, 2010.
  • “Determining a ‘We’: the Role of Communal Intentions in the Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars,” 34th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference (at the University of Memphis), March 5-6, 2010.
  • “A Possible Use of Concordance Engine for Oral History Analysis: The Test Case of the Mother Consuela York Transcripts,” American Association for History and Computing (in Schaumburg, Illinois), April 16, 2005.
  • “Proof of the Pudding: Putting Skocpol’s Structuralist Theory of Revolutions to the Test Through Agent-Based Modeling,” with Christopher Newman, American Association for History and Computing (in Schaumburg, Illinois), April 15, 2005.