Robert Kraut

Robert Kraut

Robert Kraut



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Areas of Expertise

  • Metaphysics
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Philosophy of Language


  • M.A., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. Brooklyn College

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Publications (selected):

  • Artworld Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007); paperback edition 2010.
  • "Artworld Practice, Aesthetic Properties, Pragmatist Strategies," in Aikin and Talisse (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Pragmatism (Routledge, 2022).
  • "Pragmatism and the Ontology of Art," forthcoming in J. Gert (ed.), Neo-pragmatism: An Applied Manifesto (Oxford University Press). 
  • "Rudolf Carnap: Pragmatist and Expressivist about Ontology," in R. Bliss and J. Miller (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics (2020).
  • "Norm and Object," in J. O'Shea (ed.), Sellars and his Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • "Pragmatism Without Idealism" (with Kevin Scharp), in C. Daly (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • "Ontology: Music and Art," The Monist 95 (October 2012): 684-710.
  • “The Metaphysics of Artistic Expression: a Case Study in Projectivism,” in R. Johnson and M. Smith (eds.),  Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • "Three Carnaps on Ontology," in Blatti and Lapointe (eds.), Ontology After Carnap (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  •  "Universals, Metaphysical Explanations, and Pragmatism," Journal of Philosophy CVII (November 2010): 590-609.
  • "Why Does Jazz Matter to Aesthetic Theory?," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63:1 (Winter 2005): 3-15.
  •  "Varieties of Pragmatism," Mind 99 (April 1990): 157-183; reprinted in Alan Malachowski(ed.), Richard Rorty (Sage Publications, 2002).
  •  "Metaphysical Explanation and the Philosophy of Mathematics," Philosophia Mathematica (3) Vol. 9 (June 2001): 154-183.
  • "Robust Deflationism," Philosophical Review 102:2 (April 1993): 247-263.
  •  "Love De Re," Midwest Studies in Philosophy Volume X (University of Minnesota Press, 1986): 413-430.
  • "Feelings in Context," Journal of Philosophy LXXXIII (November 1986): 642-53.