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Randall Auxier

Randall Auxier, Professor

Communication Studies and Philosophy

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-edited over twenty books. His most recent books Logic: From Images to Digits (2021); As Deep as It Gets: Movies and Metaphysics (2021); and Persuasion: The Real Process of Imaginative Thinking (2021). 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.

Randall Auxier

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2242
Phone: 618-453-1882


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


  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1992