Christopher C. Kirby

Eastern Washington University

​​ckirby@ewu.edu

Updated 10/19/2021

                                                                                                                                                      

EMPLOYMENT

Philosophy Program, Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA)      

  • Professor......................................... Sept. 2017 - Present

  • Program Director........................... Sept. 2015 – June 2018

  • Associate Professor .........................June 2013 – June 2017

  • Assistant Professor .........................Sept. 2008 – June 2013

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA- Tampa Fl.                                                                     Dec. 2008

  • Dissertation: “Naturalism in the Philosophies of John Dewey and Zhuangzi: The Live Creature and the Crooked Tree.”

M.A. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA- Tampa Fl.                                                                      Aug. 2005

  • Thesis: “Experience and Inquiry in John Dewey’s Contextualism”

B.A. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA- Jacksonville, Fl.                                                            May 2001

 

RESEARCH AREAS

General Emphasis: History of Philosophy, Value Theory

​Areas of Specialization: American Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

​Areas of Competency: Ancient Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Existentialism & Phenomenology, Philosophy of Religion, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy 

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • [Editor] Dewey and the Ancients: Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey. The Bloomsbury Series on American Philosophy. (Bloomsbury, July 2014)

 

Journal Articles

 

Book Chapters

  • "Walking, Wilderness, and Exposure: Learning from Thoreau's Episode on Katahdin," in Climate Psychology in a Pandemic: Environmental Health in Lockdown, Douglas Vakoch, ed. [OUP, forthcoming]

  • Goblet Words and Moral Knack: Non-Cognitive Moral Realism in the Zhuangzi,” in Comparative Metaethics, Colin Marshall, ed. [Routledge, 2019]

  • Ned Stark: One Man in Ten Thousand,” in The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy, Robert Arp & Eric Silverman, eds. [Open Court, December 2016]

  • Dewey and ‘the Greeks:’ Inquiry and the Organic Spirit of Greek Philosophy,” in Dewey and the Ancients: Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey, Christopher C. Kirby, ed. [Bloomsbury, 2014]

  • “‘Imaginationland,’ Terrorism, and the Difference between Real And Imaginary,” in The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy, Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker, eds. [Wiley-Blackwell, 2013]

  • “‘I’ve Made a Huge Mistake:’ George Oscar Bluth, Jr. and the Role of Error in Character Development.” (with J. Hilliard and M. Holmes) in Arrested Development and Philosophy, Kristopher Phillips and J. Jeremy Wisnewski, eds. [Wiley-Blackwell, 2012]

 

Conference Proceedings

  • “Philosophical Naturalism and the Environment.” in Issues in Human Relations and Environmental Philosophy, Boudouri, S. & Kalimtzis, K., eds. [Athens, GR: Ionia Publications, 2014]

  • “Education and American Intellectual Rebirth: Greek Paideia, Chinese Xué (學), and Deweyan Growth.” in Paideia: Education in the Global Era, Vol I. Boudouris, K., ed. [Athens, GR: Ionia Publications, 2008]

 

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Biophilia” Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues. Rasmussen, R.K., ed., Salem Press [May, 2011]

 

REFEREED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • “Moral Expertise– Articulate Skill or 'Dumb' Knack?” The 18th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities. Honolulu, HI (10, January, 2020)

  • “Goblet Words and Moral Knack: Non-Cognitive Moral Realism in the Zhuangzi?,” ISCWP session of American Philosophical Association’s Central Meeting. Denver, CO (20-23, February, 2019)

  • “Goblet Words and Moral Knack: Non-Cognitive Moral Realism in the Zhuangzi?,” Lost Voices in Metaethics. Seattle, WA (23, August, 2018)

  • “Zhuangzi and Moral Knack,” SACP session of American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Meeting. Seattle, WA (14 April, 2017)

  • “Service Learning and Sustainability in Environmental Ethics,” Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Spokane WA (16-17 February, 2017)

  • “Kant’s Kingdom of Ends and the Zhēnrén,” Northwest Philosophy Conference. Spokane, WA (14 October, 2016)

  • “The Value of Faith in American Naturalism,” The Virtue of Faith Conference. Bellingham, WA (22 September, 2016)

  • “John Anton and the Political Wisdom of Aristotle for Our Time,” International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Olympia, Greece (23 July 2016)

  • “Moral Expertise in the Zhuangzi,” Northwest Philosophy Conference. Coeur D’Alene, ID (10 October, 2015)

  • “Nature, Impulse, and Action in Mythopoetic Greece,” Eleventh Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference. Moscow, ID (24 June, 2015)

  • “Service Learning in the Environmental Ethics Classroom,” 2015 Intercollegiate Community Engagement Institute. Spokane, WA (21 May, 2015)

  • “Naturalism and Moral Expertise in the Zhuangzi,” ISCP session of the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Meeting. Vancouver, B.C. (4 April, 2015)

  • “Philosophical Naturalism as an Environmental Meta-ethic.” The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association’s 19th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment. Portland, OR (15 June, 2013)

  • “Education as Greek Paideia, Confucian Xué, and Deweyan Growth.” International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Olympia, Greece (July 2011)

  • “The Kallipolis and its Problems: A Deweyan Response to Plato.” The International Association for Greek Philosophy Annual Conference on Philosophy. Vouliagmeni, Greece. (July 2011)

  • “Breaking into Dialectic: Education and Enlightenment in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.” International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Olympia, Greece (26 July 2010)

  • “Philosophical Naturalism and the Environment.” The International Association for Greek Philosophy Annual Conference on Philosophy. Kalamata, Greece. (18 July 2010)

  • “American Intellectual Rebirth: Paideia and Growth,” at John Dewey's 150th Birthday Celebration: An International Conference on Dewey's Impact on America and the World. Amherst, NY (22-24 October, 2009)

  • “The Role of Religious Experience in American Naturalism.” International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Pyrgos, Greece (31 July 2007)

  • “Education and Inquiry: Greek Paideia, Chinese Xué (學), and Deweyan Growth.” The International Association for Greek Philosophy Annual Conference on Philosophy. Samos, Greece. (18 July 2007)

  • “Socrates, the Eros of Philosophy, and American Naturalism.” International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Pyrgos, Greece (30 July 2006)

  • “John Dewey, the ‘Public’ and Re-envisioning Social Justice in a Global Era.” The International Association for Greek Philosophy Annual Conference on Philosophy. Kavala, Greece (23 July 2006)

  • "Self-Realization in Confucius and Zhuangzi: Jūnzi or Zhēnrén?" Fordham University International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. New York, NY (16 October 2005)

  • “Socrates, Eros and Philosophy” XVIth International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Olympia, Greece (26 July 2005)

  • “The Scattering of Moonlight: Leibniz’ Connection with Chinese Thought.” Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI (16 January 2005)

  • “Eudaimonia and Growth: The Concept of Flourishing in Aristotle and Dewey.” (with P.S. Bishop) Fordham University International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. New York, NY (30 October 2004)

  • “A Case for Master Hui’s Tree: Ironic Tolerance in Rorty and Zhuangzi.” University of Hawaii Annual Cross Currents in Comparative Philosophy Conference. Honolulu, HI (7 March 2003)

  • “Transcendental Paths: On the Phenomenological Reduction.” University of North Florida Annual Graduate Student Conference. Jacksonville, FL (8 March 2002)

INVITED LECTURES

  • “Kant's Kingdom of Ends and the Zhēnrén, or the Dao of Königsberg, Redux?” Martin Schönfeld in Memoriam Conference. Tampa, FL (forthcoming, March 2021)  

  • "The Looming AI Winter: Dewey & Dreyfus on Understanding, Expertise, and 'Artifactual' Intelligence," EWU Philosophy Club. Cheney, WA (29, May, 2020)

  • “The Potential of Wisdom,” Eastern Washington University Phi Eta Sigma Inductee Banquet. Cheney, WA (18, May 2017)

  • “Language and Thought in Comparative Philosophy,” Eastern Washington University Symposium on Language in Thought and Society. Cheney, WA (4, May 2017)

  • “Zhu Xi’s Li Xue: Principle and Conduct in Medieval Chinese Thought,” Eastern Washington University Honors Freshmen Combined Lecture. Cheney, WA (28, February 2017)

  • “Is this for Real? Critical Thinking vs. Fake News” EWU Science Colloquia Series. Cheney, WA. (10, February 2017)

  • “Practicing Spontaneity with the Ancient Sages,” 2017 EWU Chinese New Year Festival. Cheney, WA. (26, January 2017)

  • “The Role of Religious Experience in American Naturalism.” Gonzaga University’s Socratic Club. Spokane, WA. (29, April 2011)

  • “The Second Sage? - On the Role of Women in Ancient Chinese Philosophies.” EWU Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research. Cheney, WA. (28 April 2010)

  • “David Hume and the Enterprise of Ethical Naturalism.” USF Philosophy Graduate Student Organization Lecture Series. Tampa, Fl. (6 October 2006)

  • “Katrina, The Public and Its Problems, and the Philosopher’s Task,” Society for Classical Pragmatism Studies Lecture Series. Tampa, FL (10 March 2006)

  • “Education and Culture from a Pragmatist’s Perspective.” Society for Classical Pragmatism Studies Lecture Series. Tampa, FL (23 September 2005)

  • “Civil Disobedience and Pragmatism.” Society for Classical Pragmatism Studies Lecture Series. Tampa, FL (12 November 2004)

  • “Pragmatism and the Weather (Chauncey Wright and the Pragmatist Conception of Necessity).” Society for Classical Pragmatism Studies Lecture Series. Tampa, FL (3 September 2004)

  • “Human Rights and the Threat of Terrorism.” University of North Florida/ Jacksonville University Joint Colloquia Series. Jacksonville, FL (11 July 2002)

 

NON-REFEREED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Panel Discussant: “Understanding Climate Change,” EWU Office of Sustainability Workshop. (9 September, 2018)

  • Panel Organizer: “What Modern Democracies Could Learn from Aristotle” International Symposium of Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Olympia, Greece (22 July, 2016)

  • Panel Organizer: “What Modern Democracies Could Learn from Aristotle” Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference, Spokane WA. (23 April, 2016)

  • Panel Discussant: “Philosophy and Pop Culture” 2013 Spokane Get Lit! Festival. Spokane, WA. (13 April, 2013)

  • Commentary on Robert Scharff’s “Socrates: Being an Athenian by Loving Wisdom.” The American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting. Seattle, Wa. (7 April, 2012)

  • Panel Discussant: “Plato and Dewey on Democracy.” Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. Spokane, Wa. (10 March, 2011)

  • Panel Discussant: “Plato and Democracy.” International Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture. Olympia, Greece (28 July 2010)

  • Panel Discussant: “Pop Culture in Philosophy” 2010 Spokane Get Lit! Festival. Spokane, WA. (17 April, 2010)

  • Commentary on William Grove Fanning’s “Locating Heraclitus within the Balance and Flux of Nature Traditions.” Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference. Moscow, ID. (2 May, 2009)

  • Commentary on Daniel Coyle’s “Efficacy in the Book of Master Guigu.” The American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting. Baltimore, MD. (30 December 2007)

  • Panel Discussant: “Climate and Philosophical Pedagogy.” 1st International Climate and Philosophy Conference. Tampa, Fl. (16 September 2006)