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Dr. Scott Johnston

Dr. Scott Johnston is a jointly appointed Professor with the Faculty of Education and Department of Philosophy at Memorial University. He completed his PhD at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2004. Dr. Johnston has published recently in journals such as the International Journal of Philosophy/Con-Textos Kantianos, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Educational Theory, Educational Studies, Studies in Philosophy and Education, and the Journal of Philosophy of Education.

Dr. Johnston has single-authored five published books: Inquiry and Education: John Dewey and the Quest for Democracy (2006); Regaining Consciousness: Self-Consciousness and Self-Cultivation from 1781-Present (2008); Deweyan Inquiry: from Educational Theory to Practice (2009); Kant’s Philosophy: a Study for Educators (2013); and John Dewey’s Earlier Logical Theory (2014). He has co-authored Democracy and the Intersection of Religion and Tradition: the Reading of John Dewey’s Understanding of Democracy and Education (with R. Bruno-Jofre, G. Jover Olmeda, and D. Troehler) (2010) and edited Teacher Education in a Transnational World (with R. Bruno-Jofre (2014)). Dr. Johnston is the Associate Editor of the journal, Dewey Studies.

His research interests include the philosophy of education, Classical German Philosophy, Classical Pragmatism, and post-Analytic thought. Areas of Specialization include Ethics and Political Philosophy, American Philosophy, Continental and Analytic Philosophy in Conversation and Kant.

Selected Publications:


Johnston, J. (forthcoming, 2023). Dewey’s Logical Theory, 1937-1939. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Johnston, J. (forthcoming, 2022). Philosophical Presuppositions for a Philosophy of Education. Kingston, On: Encounters in Education Monograph Series.

Johnston, J. (2020). John Dewey’s Later Logical Theory. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Johnston, J. (2019). Problems in Philosophy of Education. London: Bloomsbury Press.

Chapters in Refereed Books

Johnston, J. (forthcoming 2023). Neo-Kantianism in Education. In Moral Education in the 21st Century. Ed. D. Yacek. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Johnston, J. (2022). On Positive Philosophy: Hegel’s Retort to Schelling. Negative Philosophy. Ed. G. Moss. New York: Springer.

Papers in Refereed Journals

Johnston, J. (forthcoming, 2023). Idealism, Pragmatism, and the Birth of Pragmatist Educational Thought in America. Pedagogica Historica.

Johnston, J. (2021) The Relationship of William Torrey Harris and John Dewey, 2021, Philosophy of Education, 77, 1, 65-70.

Johnston, J. (2019). “Kant and Prejudice, or the Mechanical Uses of Reason.” Educational Philosophy and Theory, 51, 1, 1051-1060.