Keith Dromm


B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1992
M.A, University of Illinois, 1996
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1999


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Biographical Note

Keith Dromm is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Louisiana Scholars' College at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

CatherPublication Types

Non-Fiction, Scholastic, Academic Research

Latest Publication Title

The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy

Publication Excerpt

The puzzling, frustrating world of Holden Caulfield never loosens its grip on our imagination. Somehow, the growing pains of a privileged, alienated teenager lock onto deeper issues that continue to haunt us all. The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy exposes these deeper issues by looking at Salinger’s masterpiece through a philosophic lens.

“Feeling crummy? Being a phony? That’s grand. But if you’re looking for all the David Copperfield kind of crap about Holden and The Catcher in the Rye in all of its Phoebe-like genuineness, then this is the book for you!”

—Dean A. Kowalski, author of Moral Theory at the Movies

“A fascinating and entertaining journey. Anyone who ever wondered where the ducks go in winter needs to read this book.”

—Kenneth Slawenski, author of J. D. Salinger: A Life

Additional Publications

Wittgenstein on Rules and Nature, Continuum Books (2008)

“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.