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Tadd Ruetenik


Associate Professor and Department Chair

518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, Iowa



PhD, Purdue University
Philosophy and Literature

MA, University of Toledo

BA, Eastern Michigan University

Courses Taught

Philosophy of Religion
History of American Philosophy

Areas of Professional Interest

American philosophy, philosophy of religion, critical thinking, existentialism, and American Literature. 

Professional Memberships

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (1998-present): Member of Program Committee, (2009); Coordinator for APA Central sessions, (2014-2017)
William James Society (2004-present)
Iowa Philosophical Society (2007-present): Host of the 2011 Meeting at St. Ambrose. 


Center for Teaching Excellence, Advisory Board (2009-2012)
Baecke Humanities Fund, Advisory Board (2008-2010)
Educational Policies Committee (Fall 2008, replacement position) 

Recent Publications

"Beauty, Horror and Tragedy: The Idea of Hell in Jonathan Edwards and William James." Philosophy & Theology. 26:1 (2014).
"Last Call for William James: Pragmatism, Piper, and the Fruits of Psychical Research." The Pluralist. 7:1 (2012).
"The Moral Equivalent of Meat: A Vegetarian Challenge to the American Omnivore." Contemporary Pragmatism. 8:2 (2011).
"The First Church of Christ, Pragmatist: Christian Science and Responsible Optimism." Journal of Religion and Health. 50:3 (2011).
"Another View of Arthur Dimmesdale: A Profound Lesson in Scapegoating from The Scarlet Letter." Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture. Vol. 18 (2011).

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