Joshua is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of California - Riverside. He is the author of two books, John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality (Continuum, 2005) and John Searle (Continuum, 2009). He is also a coauthor of several articles in empirical philosophy concerning the behavior of ethicists as compared to other academic professionals (Mind, Review of Philosophy and Psychology). On the lighter side, he has coauthored with Dr. Susan Pepper-Bates an essay which appears in the anthology True Blood and Philosophy. His areas of interest include social ontology, John Searle, experimental philosophy, metaphilosophy and social construction. He is also interested in the history of 20th century analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy. Joshua is the secretary/treasurer for the Florida Philosophical Association.

Joshua Rust

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Secretary and Treasurer, Florida Philosophical Association
Stetson University
Department of Philosophy
Unit 8250, 104C Elizabeth Hall
421 North Woodland Boulevard
DeLand, Florida 32723

Email: jrust [at] stetson.edu
Phone: 386.822.7581

Rust, Joshua. 2009. John Searle. London ; New York: Continuum. See Nick Fotion's review in the NDPR.

Joshua Rust. 2006. John Searle and The Construction of Social Reality. Continuum Studies in American Philosophy. London ; New York: Continuum.


Eric Schwitzgebel and Joshua Rust. "The Behavior of Ethicists". Blackwell Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Forthcoming.

Joshua Rust. 2014. “Indulgent Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator.” In Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith, edited by Daivd Hardwick and Leslie Marsh. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Joshua Rust and Eric Schwitzgebel. 2014. “The Moral Behavior of Ethicists and the Power of Reason.” In Advances in Experimental Moral Psychology, edited by Hagop Sarkissian and Jennifer Wright, 91–109. Bloomsbury Academic. See Jesse Summers' review in the NDPR.

Eric Schwitzgebel and Joshua Rust. 2014. “The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors: Relationships Among Self-Reported Behavior, Expressed Normative Attitude, and Directly Observed Behavior.” Philosophical Psychology 27(3): 293-327.

Joshua Rust. 2014. "Hayek, Connectionism, and Scientific Naturalism." In Hayek in Mind: Hayek's Philosophical Psychology, Advances in Austrian Economics. 15: 29-50. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Joshua Rust and Eric Schwitzgebel. 2013. “Ethicists’ and Nonethicists’ Responsiveness to Student E-Mails: Relationships Among Expressed Normative Attitude, Self-Described Behavior, and Empirically Observed Behavior.” Metaphilosophy 44 (3): 350–71.

Eric Schwitzgebel, Joshua Rust, L. T. L. Huang, A. T. Moore, and J. Coates. 2012. “Ethicists’ Courtesy at Philosophy Conferences.” Philosophical Psychology 25 (3).

Joshua Rust. 2011. “Aesthetic Norms and Institutional Reality.” Analysis 71 (4): 719–33. See Searle's reply here.

Eric Schwitzgebel and Joshua Rust. 2010. “Do Ethicists and Political Philosophers Vote More Often Than Other Professors?” Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (2): 189–99.

Eric Schwitzgebel and Joshua Rust. 2009. “The Moral Behaviour of Ethicists: Peer Opinion.” Mind. 118(472): 1043-59.


Joshua Rust. 2012. “Empirical Social Choice: Questionnaire-Experimental Studies on Distributive Justice, Gaertner and Schokkaert. Cambridge University Press, 2012, 228 Pages.” Economics and Philosophy 28 (03): 443–50.

Abbott, J. Anthony, and Joshua Rust. 2012. “William Ophuls: Plato’s Revenge.” Human Ecology 40 (3): 479–81.

Joshua Rust. 2011. “John R. Searle: Thinking about the Real World.” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/24715-john-r-searle-thinking-about-the-real-world/

Popular and cross-disciplinary articles

Peppers-Bates, Susan, and Joshua Rust. 2012. “House-Elves, Hogwarts, and Friendship: Casting Away the Institutions Which Made Voldemort’s Rise Possible.” Reason Papers 34 (1): 109–24

Susan Peppers-Bates and Joshua Rust. 2010. “A Vampire’s Heart Has Reasons That Scientific Naturalism Can’t Understand.” In True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You, edited by William Irwin, George A. Dunn, and Rebecca Housel, 1 edition. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.

Fritz Heider, 2005. “Violence and Ecology.” Introduction by Marijana Weiner and Joshua Rust. Peace and Conflict 11 (1): 9–15.
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