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Scott L. Pratt is Professor and Department Head of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. His research and teaching interests are in American philosophy (including pragmatism, America feminism, philosophies of race, and Native American philosophy), philosophy of education, and the history of logic.  Pratt is co-director of the Central European Pragmatist Forum and of PLURILOG, an international research project for the interdisciplinary and historical study of logic. He served as Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2017-2019), Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (2015-2017), and as Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences (2006-2009). He also served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Oregon and as department head for seven years. Pratt received his BA from Beloit College (Wisconsin) and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He is a co-founder and past President of the Josiah Royce Society and is Past-President of the society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.  

In addition to articles on the history and implications of logic including “The Logic of Posthuman Inquiry: Affirmative Politics, Validity, and Futurities” (with Jerry Rosiek, forthcoming) and “Decolonizing Natural Logic” (2021), he is the author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books and many articles. His book, Logic: Inquiry, Argument and Order (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) is the first introductory study of logic framed in terms of problems of identity and knowledge that arise in the context of racial, cultural, and religious diversity. Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2002) examines the influence of Native American thought on European American philosophy, particularly the origins of pragmatism. He is co-author, with Erin McKenna, of American Philosophy from Wounded Knee to the Present (Bloomsbury, 2015; revised edition forthcoming), a comprehensive history of philosophies in North America from 1890 to the present. His current research project is a study of the role of logic (formal and informal) in the colonization of North America and its implications for present-day anti-colonial and decolonial efforts. The project has the working title, Against Critical Reason.