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Nicholas Guardiano

Nicholas Guardiano, Associate Professor


Nicholas Guardiano specializes in American transcendentalism and pragmatism (esp. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Peirce), metaphysics, aesthetics, philosophy of nature, semiotics, and nineteenth-century American art. He teaches broadly in the history of philosophy, and he oversees the philosophy collections at the Special Collections Research Center.

PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014.
MA, The New School, 2009.
BS, SUNY Stony Brook, 2002.


Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017.

“Domesticating: A Meditation on Self-Reliance.” The Pluralist 17, no. 2 (2022): 31-34.

“Transcendentalist Encounters with a Universe of Signs.” The American Journal of Semiotics 37, nos. 1–2 (2021): 5-45.

“Metaphysical Grounds of Universal Semiosis.” Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia 21, no. 2 (2020): 231-45.

“Charles S. Peirce’s New England Neighbors and Embrace of Transcendentalism.” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 53, no. 2 (2017): 216-45.

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