Joseph Rouse received his A.B. from Oberlin College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has been at Wesleyan University since 1981, as a member of the Department of Philosophy and the College of Science and Technology Studies, an interdisciplinary program in history, philosophy and social studies of science and medicine. He was the Chair of the Wesleyan University Faculty in 2008-2009 for the second time, and from 1985-2014 was an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team. He received Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and the University’s recently established Prize for Excellence in Research in 2019. He previously taught at the University of Maine at Orono from 1977-1981.


Professor Rouse’s primary research interests are in the philosophy of science, the history of 20th C. philosophy, and interdisciplinary science studies. Within these areas his primary foci include the philosophy of scientific practice; naturalism and anti-naturalism in 20th Century philosophy; the metaphysics of normativity; connections between “analytic” and “continental” philosophy; the relation of philosophy of science to philosophy of mind and language, and to metaphysics; cultural studies of science and feminist science studies.


Social Practices as Biological Niche Construction. University of Chicago Press, July 2023 (newly published:

Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image. University of Chicago Press,  November 2015.

How Scientific Practices Matter: Reclaiming Philosophical Naturalism. University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Engaging Science: How to Understand its Practices Philosophically. Cornell University Press, 1996.

Knowledge and Power: Towards a Political Philosophy of Science. Cornell University Press, 1987.

John Haugeland, Dasein Disclosed, ed.  by Joseph Rouse. Harvard University Press, 2013.

BERLIN WORKSHOP ON Articulating the World, March 9-11, 2016


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