Mathew Foust

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Marcus White Hall 305

Phone: 860-832-2824


Office Hours

Mon: 7am-8am & 9:30am-10:30am

Tues: 7am-8am & 9:30am-10:30am

Wed: 7am-8am

or by appointment


Associate Professor of Philosophy

Assistant Chair, Department of Philosophy

Co-Director of International Studies (with Paul Petterson, Department of Political Science)

Coordinator of Global Studies

Co-Coordinator of American Studies (with Aimee Pozorski, Department of English)



HON 130 World Cultures I: China (with Yunliang Meng, Department of Geography)

HON 441 Honors Thesis

HUM 230 Topics in International Studies

IS 150 Intro to International Studies

IS 330 Selected Topics in Global Cultures

IS 462 Topics in East Asian Studies

IS 470 Topics in International Studies

IS 475 International Studies Senior Project

IS 596 Independent Study in International Studies

PES 210 Topics in Peace Studies

PHIL 112 Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 245 Computer Ethics

PHIL 250 Introduction to Asian Philosophy

PHIL 255 Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 275 Chinese Philosophy

PHIL 310 Philosophy Research and Writing

PHIL 350 Philosophy East & West

PHIL 376 Buddhist Philosophy

PHIL 400 Seminar in Philosophy

PHIL 492 Independent Study in Philosophy

REL 110 World Religions

REL 250 Japanese Religion

REL 257 Topics in Religious Studies




Confucianism and American Philosophy. Albany: SUNY Press (Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series), 2017.

Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life. New York: Fordham University Press (American Philosophy Series), 2012.


Edited Volume

Mathew A. Foust and Sor-hoon Tan, eds. Feminist Encounters with Confucius. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill (Modern Chinese Philosophy Series), 2016.


Book Chapters

“Confucius and Emerson on the Virtue of Self-Reliance” in A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture, eds. David LaRocca and Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso. Dartmouth College Press, 2015, pp. 249-261.

“Loyalty, Friendship, and Truth: The Influence of Aristotle on the Philosophy of Josiah Royce” (co-authored with Melissa Shew) in The Relevance of Royce, eds. Kelly A. Parker and Jason Bell. Fordham University Press, 2014, pp. 69-88.

“Where Should LeBron’s Loyalty Lie? Where Should Ours?” in Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport, eds. Douglas Anderson, John Kaag and Richard Lally. Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 77-88.


Journal Articles

“Nitobe and Royce: Bushidō and the Philosophy of Loyalty,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. 65, No. 4, October 2015, pp. 1174-1193.

“Confucianism and American Pragmatism,” Philosophy Compass, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 2015, pp. 369-378.

“Teaching and Learning Guide for ‘Confucianism and American Pragmatism,’” Philosophy Compass, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 2015, pp. 420-423.

“The Feminist Pacifism of William James and Mary Whiton Calkins,” Hypatia, Vol. 29, No. 4, Fall 2014, pp. 889-905.

“Comparative Cases of Conscience: Teaching Josiah Royce’s Philosophy of Loyalty in China,” Comparative American Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3, September 2014, pp. 231-238.

“Sex and Selfhood: What Feminist Philosophy Can Learn from Recent Ethnography in Ho Chi Minh City,” Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 14, No. 3, July 2013, pp. 31-41 (

“Experience as a Prelude to Disaster: American Philosophy and the Fear of Death,” Mortality, Vol. 18, No.1, February 2013, pp. 1-16.

“Tragic Possibility, Tragic Ambiguity: William James and Simone de Beauvoir on Freedom and Morality,” Existential Analysis, Vol. 24, No.1, January 2013, pp. 117-129.

“Confess Your Contradictions: Schelling, Royce, and the Art of Atonement,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2012, pp. 516-530.

“Loyalty in the Teachings of Confucius and Josiah Royce,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 39, No. 2, June 2012, pp. 192-206.

“‘What Can I Do For the Cause Today Which I Never Did Before?’: Situating Josiah Royce’s Pittsburgh Lectures on Loyalty,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 47, No. 1, Winter 2011, pp. 87-108.

“Loyalty and the Art of Wise Living: The Influence of Plato on the Moral Philosophy of Josiah Royce”(co-authored with Melissa Shew), The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 48, No. 4, December 2010, pp. 353-370.

“Grief and Mourning in Confucius’s Analects,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2009, pp. 348-358.

“Perplexities of Filiality: Confucius and Jane Addams on the Private/Public Distinction,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2, July 2008, pp. 149-166.

“William James and the Promise of Pragmatism,” William James Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 2007 (

“Tragedy and the Sorrow of Finitude: Reflections on Sin and Death in the Philosophy of Josiah Royce,” The Pluralist, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer 2007, pp. 106-114 (with commentary by Kenneth W. Stikkers, pp. 115-118).

“In Cold Blood: James and Wittgenstein on Emotions,” The Streams of William James, Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall 2004, pp. 15-18.