Dr. Mathew Foust

Professor, Department Chair


Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 30411

Phone: 860.832.2824

Email: foust@ccsu.edu

Mathew A. Foust is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University. He is also Co-Director of the International Studies BA and MS programs (with Paul Petterson, Department of Political Science) and Co-Coordinator of the American Studies minor (with Aimee Pozorski, Department of English). His teaching and research draw primarily on Asian philosophical traditions (e.g., Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism), and American philosophical traditions (e.g., Pragmatism, Transcendentalism) and address issues in the history of philosophy, ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of death. He is currently the Secretary of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy. He has also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy and twice as an At-Large Representative for the Josiah Royce Society



Authored Books

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 Book

Josiah Royce's 1909 Pittsburgh Loyalty Lectures. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021.


Edited Volumes

Kim Díaz and Mathew A. Foust, The Philosophies of America Reader: From the Popol Vuh to the Present. London: Blooomsbury, 2021.

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


Book Chapters

“To Be Humane (Ren 仁) Is To Humanize: Being and Becoming in the Digital Age” in Confucianism and Deweyan Pragmatism: Resources for a New Geopolitics of Interdependence, eds. Roger T. Ames, Chen Yajun, and Peter D. Hershock. University of Hawaii Press, 2021, pp. 242-256.

“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

“Thoreau and the Confucian Four Books,” Philosophy Compass, Vol. 16, No. 7, July 2021 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/phc3.12755).

“Did Confucius Advise Zai Wo To Do What He Believed To Be Morally Wrong? Interpreting Analects 17.21,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2021, pp. 229-239.

"Loyalty, Justice, and Rights: Royce and Police Ethics in Twenty-First-Century America," Criminal Justice Ethics, Vol. 37., No. 1, April 2018, pp. 1-19.

“Nitobe and Royce: Bushido 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 (http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol14/iss3/3/).

“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 (http://williamjamesstudies.org/2.1/foust.html).

“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.



Delia F. Light, "Luminous Beings Are We: An Exploration of Asian Philosophy Through Jedi Master Yoda"  (International Studies Senior Project, 2021)

Cierra M. Sturdivant, "The Multilingual Experience of the COVID-19 Pandemic" (International Studies Senior Project, 2021)

Natasha L. Marrero, "A Global Analysis of the Effects of the Media's Portrayal of COVID-19" (International Studies Senior Project, 2020)

Tyler R. Augustinsen, "Reducing the U.S. Recidivism Rate with Confucianism" (Philosophy Thesis, 2020)

Crystal M. Villanueva, "Daoism for Teens, Tweens, and Everything in Betweens" (International Studies Senior Project, 2018)

Melissa E. Bandecchi, "Integrating Chinese Medicine into Western Medical School Curriculum" (Philosophy Thesis, 2018)

Elantra M. James, "Sexism Against Women in Buddhism" (International Studies Senior Project, 2017)

Patricia E. Quinn, "Daoism, Nature, and Uganda" (International Studies Senior Project, 2017)

Ruth F. Bruno, "A Utilitarian Approach to U.S. Adoption of Orphans from China" (Honors Thesis, 2016)