Kelvin J. (Kelly) Booth

Kelvin J. (Kelly) Booth

Kelvin J. (Kelly) Booth

Name: Dr. Kelvin J. (Kelly) Booth
Position: Lecturer
Phone: 250-828-5206


Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Evolution
Philosophies of Nature
History of Philosophy (focus in Ancient Greece)
Classical American Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Asian Philosophy
Philosophy and Community

Research Interests

I presently have two primary research interests. One is applying ideas of embodied mind and embodied cognition to problems of animal mind and cognitive evolution. The other is articulating aspects of a philosophy of nature that is able to encompass the broadest concerns of human meaning and value. In these and other efforts I draw on my background in classical American philosophy, Ancient philosophy, cognitive science, phenomenology, and Asian thought. I have also been active in citizen environmental planning, bioregional organizing, and the arts and culture of place.


B.A. Simon Fraser University
M.A. Southern Illinois University
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University

Hocking-Cabot Fellowship in Systematic Philosophy, 2010
Resident Research Fellow, Naturalism Research Project, Center for Inquiry, Amherst NY, 2008
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2002



Dewey's Embodied Logic. Pragmatism Today 8(1), 2017.

Imitation and Taking the Attitude of the Other. The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead. Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016.

The Meaning of the Social Body. William James Studies 12(1) 2016.

George Herbert Mead, Embodied Mind, and the Mimetic Basis of Taking the Role of the Other. George Herbert Mead in the Twenty-First Century. T. Burke and K. Skowroski, eds, Lexington Press, 2013.

Bioregionalism and Pragmatism. Pragmatism and Environmentalism, Hugh P. MacDonald, ed. Rodopi, 2012.

Pragmatism and Bioregionalism. Contemporary Pragmatism 9(1), 2012.

Embodied Animal Mind and Hand-signing Chimpanzees. The Pluralist 6(3), 2011.

Henry David Thoreau. SAGE Reference, Green Ethics and Philosophy, 2011.

Ralph Waldo Emerson. SAGE Reference, Green Ethics and Philosophy, 2011.

Early Ionian Philosophy and a Comprehensive Naturalism. Southwest Philosophical Studies 29, 2010.

Refounding Environmental Ethicsm by Ben Minteer. Environmental Values 22(1), 2013.

The Philosophy of Biology: An Episodic History. Marjorie Grene and David Depew. Kinesis 32(1), 2006.

The Greek Concept of Nature by Gerard Naddaf. Kinesis 32(1), 2006.

G. H. Mead and Evolving Enactivism. 3rd European Pragmatist Conference. Helsinki, 2018.

Radical Enactive Behavior and Cognition. Reconceiving Cognition. Antwerp, 2018

Embodied Cognition, Sociality, and the Logic of Inquiry. Pragmatism and Cognitive Science. Paris, 2016.

Indeterminacy and Imitation: A Neuropragmatist Perspective. Neuropragmatism and the Brain. UNC Asheville, June 2016.

The Social Meaning of the Body. Panel on Pragmatism and Cognitive Science, APA Pacific Division, 2015.

William James and the Dao: Effortless Action, The Stream of Thought, and Getting Things Done. Williams James Society, APA Pacific Division, 2015.

Making Environmental Ethics Relevant: Value, Place, and the Wild. Seminar Series in Environmental Sciences, TRU, November 2014.

Royce, Reinhabitation, and the Wild. Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. March, 2014.

Does Pre-reflective Self-awareness Exist: A Critique of Zahavi on Subjectivity. Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 2013.

"Place and the Saving Community" Josiah Royce Society, August, 2013.

Animal Mind, Human Mind: Their Animality and Ours. Arts Faculty Colloquium, TRU, March 2013

Environmental Pragmatism, Immediate Value, and a Sense of Place. Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 2013

George Herbert Mead, Embodied Mind, and the Mimetic Basis for Taking the Role of the Other. Opole, Poland, 2011.

Embodied Animal Mind and Hand-signing Chimpanzees. Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 2011.

Organism and a Systematic Philosophy of Nature. The Hocking-Cabot Seminar on Systematic Philosophy, Carbondale IL, 2010

Can Naturalists Be Physicalists? Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 2010

Dewey, Butler and Thoreau: The Being and Wildness of Nature. Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 2009.

Art and the Immediacy of Meaning: Is Art a Form of Knowing? Trinity Western University 2009

Biological Organization, Cognition, and Consciousness: Possibilities of an Organismic Approach to Cognition and Experience. International Society of Theoretical Psychology 2007

Organism, Experience, and Animal Cognition. Midsouth Philosophy Conference 2007.

No-Mind as Animal Mind: Daoist and Zen Contributions to Comparative Cognition. Association of Chinese Philosophers in America, Eastern APA 2006

The Liveliness of Nature: Clues in the Early Ionians. New Mexico West Texas Philosophical Society 2006

Creativity and Phusis: Early Ionian Philosophy and a Comprehensive Naturalism. Mid-south Philosophy Conference 2006

The Freshness of the Physical: Firstness and Spontaneity in Non-living Nature. Mid-south Philosophy Conference 2005

Employment History

Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University 2008-present
Instructor, Southern Illinois University, 2005-07

Courses Taught

Thompson Rivers University:
PHIL 1110 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PHIL 1020 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2100 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 2310 Health Care Ethics
PHIL 3490 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3900 American Pragmatism
PHIL 4910 Asian Philosophy

Southern Illinois University
PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 103 World Humanities (Egyptian and Babylonian mythology, Ancient Hebrews, Classical Greece, the Upanishads, Early
PHIL 304 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 375 Ecology and Ethics

Professional Affiliations

Member, Canadian Philosophical Association
Member, Ancient Philosophy Society
Member, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Member, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
Member, Charles S. Peirce Society
Member, Josiah Royce Society
Member, International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology