Department Address

Keith Dromm
Louisiana Scholars’ College
Northwestern State University
University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71497


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 1999.
Dissertation: Rules, Rationality, and Imagination: The Role of the Primitive and Natural in Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 1996.

B.A.,The Evergreen State College, June 1992.



Associate Professor of Philosophy, Louisiana Scholars’ College, Northwestern State University, September 2007–present.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Louisiana Scholars’ College, Northwestern State, University, August 2003–September 2007.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Akron, August 2002–July 2003.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Director of Honors’ Program, Lewis- Clark State College, August 2001–May 2002.

Instructor of Philosophy, Northern Arizona University, August 1999–August 2001.



The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy, edited with Heather Salter, Open Court (2012).

Sexual Harassment: An Introduction to the Conceptual and Ethical Issues, Broadview Press (2012).

Wittgenstein on Rules and Nature, Continuum Books (2008)


Articles & Chapters

“Water, Food, and Agriculture” in Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, edited by Paul B. Thompson and David M. Kaplan, Springer, 2014.

The Facts Before Our Eyes: Wittgenstein and the Film Noir Investigator,” Film-Philosophy, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2013, 1-18.

“Oil and Bullshit: The Case of Flaherty’s Louisiana Story,” Louisiana Folklife Journal, Vol. 36, 2012, 11-17.

“Calling Salinger Up,” with Heather Salter, in The Catcher and the Rye and Philosophy, edited by Keith Dromm and Heather Salter, Open Court, 2012.

“Holden and Some Very Crumby Stuff,” in The Catcher and the Rye and Philosophy, edited by Keith Dromm and Heather Salter, Open Court, 2012.

“Do Our Dreams Occur While We Sleep?” in Inception and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johnson, John Wiley & Sons, 2011, 231-246.

“Spielberg and Cinematic Realism,” in Spielberg and Philosophy, edited by Dean Kowalski, University Press of Kentucky, 2008, 191-209.

The Hostile Office: Michael as a Sexual Harasser,” in The Office and Philosophy, edited by J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Blackwell Press, 2008, 193-206.

“‘I Want To Believe’: William James and The X-Files,” in The Philosophy of The X-Files, edited by Dean Kowalski, University Press of Kentucky, September 2007, 93-108.

“‘Based on True Events’: Filmmakers’ obligations to history,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2006, 263-276.

“Wittgenstein on Language Learning,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2006, 79-94.

“Imaginary Naturalism: The Natural and Primitive in Wittgenstein’s Later Thought,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2003, 673-690.

“Love and Privacy,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 19, No. 2, 2002, 155-167.

“Rule-Following and Scepticism,” Southwest Philosophy Review, Volume 17, No. 1, 2001, 153-158.


Book Reviews

Robert Greenleaf Brice, Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought, Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 39, No. 1, January 2016, 88-92.

Timothy Shanahan, Philosophy and Blade Runner, Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, 7, 2015, 179-183.

Robert B. Pippin, Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic PhilosophyPhilosophy in Review, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2012, 511-513.

William J. Devlin and Shai Biderman, eds., The Philosophy of David Lynch, Film-Philosophy, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2011, 154-158.

Kelly Dean Jolley, The Concept ‘Horse’ Paradox and Wittgensteinian Conceptual Investigations, Philosophy in Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, August 2009, 266-268.

Ray Monk, How to Read Wittgenstein, Metaphilosophy, Vol. 38, Issue 2-3, April 2007, 351-356.

Dean A. Kowalski, Classic Questions and Contemporary Film: An Introduction to Philosophy, Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2005, 385-387.




The Tree of Life as a Miracle: Weil, Malick, and Wittgenstein,” Gettysburg College Philosophy and Film Seminar, Gettysburg, PA, April 8-9, 2016.

Epoché Under Fire: The Pyrrhonian Skeptic in War Films,” Conference of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015.

Income Inequality and Downton Abbey: Capital in Edwardian England,” Conference of the Popular Culture Association in the South / American Culture Association in the South, New Orleans, LA, October 2-4, 2014.

“Oil and Bullshit: Flaherty’s Louisiana Story,” 2nd Annual Louisiana Studies Conference, Natchitoches, LA, September 24-25, 2010.

“‘Playing the Hunch’: The Investigative Methods of Wittgenstein and the Hard-Boiled Detective,” Ghent Conference on Literary Theory #7: Wittgenstein Reading, Ghent, Belgium, June 25-26, 2010.

“Knowing-how and Knowing-that in The Bourne Trilogy,” 2009 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 8-11, 2009.

Wittgenstein on Frazer and Explanation,” 31st International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, August 10-16, 2008.

“Wittgenstein and Film Noir,” 29th Annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular/America Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 13-16, 2008.

“Photographs and Perceptual Access to the World,” (Re)Discovering Aesthetics Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, July 9-11, 2004.

“Rule-following and Scepticism,” Southwestern Philosophical Association Conference, Austin, Texas, November 10-12, 2000.

“What does a good ground look like?: Wittgenstein’s reply to the sceptic,” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, New Orleans, May 5-8, 1999.

“The Importance of Possibility: Wittgenstein and Imagining the Primitive,” Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Berkeley, March 31-April 3, 1999. Winner of Graduate Student Travel Stipend.

“Cultural Relativism and Human Rights,” Hinman Symposium on Democratization and Human Rights, Binghamton University, New York, September 1998.

“The value of work: a classical liberal argument for participatory workplaces,” The Work, Employment & Society Conference, University of Cambridge, England, September 1998.

Evangelical Beliefs and Forms of Life,” 15th International Social Philosophy Conference, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, August 1998.

Colloquia/Invited talks:

“Authorial Intent and Literary Meaning,” with Heather Salter, Research Day, Northwestern State University, February 21, 2013.

“Ritualistic Actions: Wittgenstein on Understanding Ancient Cultures,” Research Day, Northwestern State University, April 11, 2007.

“Memory and George Orwell’s 1984,” Division of Literature and Languages Colloquium, Lewis-Clark State College, April 24th, 2002.

“Wittgenstein on Nonsense,” Departments of Philosophy Colloquium, Washington State University and University of Idaho, April 17th, 2002.

“’The Reasonable Person’: Human Nature and Scepticism,” Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Northern Arizona University, November 18, 1999.


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