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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Richard Field

Dr. Richard Field



57 Valk


660.562.1241 (fax)

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Joined Northwest in 1993

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Philosophy; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1987
  • M.A. Philosophy; Michigan State University, 1981
  • B.A. Philosophy; State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, 1979

Courses Taught

  • 39-171 Introduction to Philosophy
  • 39-275 Introduction to Ethics--Professional Ethics
  • 39-276 Introduction to Ethics--Bioethics
  • 39-376 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • 39-377 History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • 39-401 Senior Seminar
  • 39-475 Aesthetics
  • 39-490 Advanced Topics: The Philosophy of John Dewey
  • 39-570 Metaphysics
  • 39-579 Independent Study in Philosophy
  • 39-590 Advanced Topics: Friedrich Nietzsche

Academic Interest

  • American Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Value Theory 

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Coeditor with Elizabeth R. Eames: S. Morris Eames, Experience and Value: Essays on John Dewey and Pragmatic Naturalism, (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2003).
  • "Pragmatic Failure and the Attribution of Belief," Journal of Philosophical Research, 32 (2007), 133-43.
  • Coauthor with Thomas Alexander, "John Dewey," Dictionary of Literary Biography, v. 270: American Philosophers Before 1950 (Bruccoli-Clark, 2003), 56-88.
  • “Descartes on the Material Falsity of Ideas,” Philosophical Review 102 (July 1993), 309-33.

Selected Presentations

  • “Belief and Pragmatic Failure,” Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, April, 2003.
  • "Dewey's Theory of Education, Higher Education, and Experiential Learning," Missouri Western State College, 16 November 2001.
  • “Contextualism and Constitutive Questions of Value,” paper presentation, Conference: The World in Perspective, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 25-26 September 1998.

Student Group Advisement

  • Philosophy Club / Phi Sigma Tau, Missouri Tau

Other Professional Experiences

  • Founding member, International Pragmatism Society, 2006-Present
  • Southwestern Philosophical Society, 1999-Present
  • American Philosophical Association, 1982-Present