Joshua Rust

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Joshua is an associate professor of philosophy at Stetson University. He is the author of two books, John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality and John Searle. 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 Peppers-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.


  • Ph.D., University of California at Riverside

Course Topics

  • Kant and Rawls
  • Scientific Naturalism and the Modern Worldview
  • John Searle
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Kant and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Honors 1: Enduring Questions

Research Interests

  • Social ontology
  • Experimental philosophy
  • John Searle


  • Monograph: Joshua Rust. 2009. John Searle. London & New York: Continuum. See Nick Fotion's review in the NDPR
  • Monograph: Joshua Rust. 2006. John Searle and The Construction of Social Reality. Continuum Studies in American Philosophy. London & New York: Continuum.
  • Joshua Rust. 2014. "Indulgent Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator." In Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith, edited by David 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. 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.
  • Joshua Rust. 2011. "Aesthetic Norms and Institutional Reality." Analysis 71 (4): 719-33. 
  • 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.

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