Randall Auxier | Communication Studies | SIU

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Randall Auxier


Randall Auxier

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Phone: 618-453-1882

Email: personalist61@gmail.com

Randall Auxier was educated in the philosophy departments of the University of Memphis (B.A. 1986 and M.A. 1988) and Emory University (MA 1991 and Ph.D, 1992). His specialization in semiotics and symbol theory prepared him for a career spanning from extensive work in logic and metaphysics to popular culture and practical ethics, all based on symbolic and semiotic systems. He is the author of many articles and book chapters, and has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-editied over twenty books. His most recent books are Metaphysical Graffiti, and The Quantum of Explanation, both published 2017.  He has been elected President of the Illinois Philosophical Association and the Southwestern Philosophical Society, and has served as the editor of The Personalist Forum (1997-2006) and The Pluralist (2006-2012). He is currently the Deputy Chief Editor of Eidos: A Journal of the Philosophy of Culture. In 2016 he co-founded the American Institute of Philosophical and Cultural Thought, a 501(c) (3) scholarly private foundation to foster research in humanistic thought, as related especially to the United States. www.americanphilosophy.net

Special Interests

  • Symbol theory and semiotics
  • Philosophy of communication
  • History of Rhetoric and Philosophy
  • Popular culture


  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1992

Curriculum Vitae