Tadd Ruetenik, PhD


Teaches a variety of philosophy courses including American philosophy, critical thinking, philosophy of life, and philosophy of religion.

Dr. Ruetenik is a William James scholar and member of the William James Society, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, and the American Philosophical Association.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, Purdue University Philosophy and Literature
  • MA, University of Toledo Philosophy
  • BA, Eastern Michigan University Philosophy

Areas of Professional Interest

  • American philosophy
  • William James
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Progressive rock and metal music
  • Critical thinking and logic
  • Existentialism
  • Animal ethics
  • Spanish and Latinx culture

Select Publications

Jane Addams, 'Pragmatic' Compromise, and Anti-War Pragmatism. The Pluralist (forthcoming 2019).

The Demons of William James (2018). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-91623-1

Transactionism, Dominionism, and Moral Exceptionalism in Animal Ethics. Contemporary Pragmatism. 13:2 (2016)

Self-Reliance, Plagiarism, and the Suicide of Imitation. Teaching American Literature. 8:1 (2015)

Violence Hidden: The Unacknowledged Victims of Flesh-Eating Rituals. Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture. Vol. 22 (2015)

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)

More About Dr. Ruetenik

Courses Taught

Critical Thinking
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Sport
Philosophies of Life
Environmental Ethics

Professional Memberships

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Colloquium on Violence and Religion
William James Society
Iowa Philosophical Society
American Philosophical Association


Recipient of the 2018 Ila and John Morrow Prize, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy


Tadd Ruetenik

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