Faculty Directory

Dr. Russell Pryba

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Pryba joined the Philosophy Department in 2011 after he received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His areas of specialization are American Philosophy and Aesthetics, especially the thought of John Dewey. He also has interests in Ethics, Modern Philosophy (especially the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment) and Comparative Philosophy. Dr. Pryba has published in The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society and The Dictionary of Early American Philosophers. He teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, American Philosophy and the Philosophy of Art.

Current Research

Dr. Pryba’s research focuses on the intersection of John Dewey’s metaphysics and aesthetics. His current project seeks to develop a metaphysics of culture in the pragmatist tradition that explains the relationship between art and other cultural entities, especially food.

Current Involvement

Dr. Pryba is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Society for Aesthetics and the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. He is also the Assistant Editor of the journal Contemporary Pragmatism.

Educational Background

Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (2011), B.A., Hamilton College (2004)