John R Wallace

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Educational Background & Specialties


  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • John Austin
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Plato
Courses Taught
  • Phil 4324 - Ethics and Education
  • Phil 4325 - Education and Social Change
  • Phil 3307 - Social Justice and Community Service
  • Phil 4326 - Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee Member, Educators for Community Engagement: A national organization of faculty members from all disciplines who are working to connect their teaching and scholarship with community needs. , 1994 - present
  • Member and Chair of the Advisory Committee, Bertram and Corella Bonner Foundation (Princeton, NJ): To help guide and monitor the Foundation’s FIPSE funded Civic Engagement Certificate Program. , 2003 - 2005
  • Member of the leadership team for a community-based learning and action iniative, the Jane Addams School for Democracy: Neighborhood residents, many of whom are recent immigrants, work with college students and professors on projects that they have designed and chosen together. , 1996 - present
  • Member of the coordinating group for Hopework Folk School: A project that brings together for reflection, story-telling and discussion people of all ages who are working to build stronger communities and who want to learn from each other. , 1999 - present
  • Member of the editorial board, Michigan Journal of Service-Learning: 1997 - present


  • My research explores how philosophy can contribute to grass-roots social change in the direction of a decent and self-understanding society.:


  • Educators for Community Engagement: Founding member; ongoing leadership role ,
  • Jane Addams School: Founding member; ongoing leadership role,
  • Hopework Folk School: Founding member; ongoing leadership role,
  • Positive, Comparative, Superlative: Wallace, John, Journal of Philosophy, 69 , 1972.
  • The University of Minnesota 2000 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award
  • The Campus Compact 2000 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning
  • The Minnesota Campus Compact 2000 Sister Pat Kowalski Leadership Award