About the Author–Shelly Johnson

Hi, I’m Shelly Johnson.

I’m a Philosopher

I have my PhD in philosophy, with a specialty in ethics, critical thinking, political philosophy, and philosophy of education. I wrote my dissertation on education and the good society, and I am especially interested in how we educate ourselves to create a more humane world together.

Philosophers that especially inform my work are Paulo Freire, as well as Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Herbert Marcuse, Martin Luther King, Jr., and bell hooks.

Hi, I’m Shelly Johnson. I’m glad you’re here.

I’m an Educator

I teach a variety of classes at a local college including ethics, logic, philosophy of education, philosophy of zombies, environmental ethics, and theories of economic justice. And I also do research on helping college students, and people in general, become more resilient, especially by gaining a sense of their own worthiness.

I’m an Author . . . 

I am the author of three logic and critical thinking textbooks, which are published by Classical Academic Press: Argument Builder, Discovery of Deduction (co-author), and Everyday Debate. I originally wrote these books for middle and high school students, but they are a great for anyone, young adult or adult, who wants to learn to think more clearly and critically.

You can find these books at Classical Academic Press here.

And you can also order them from Amazon here:

Everyday Debate (I recommend starting with this one.)

Argument Builder

Discovery of Deduction

And an Artist . . .

A lot of the artwork on my blog is my own.


I think art is one of the ways we share love with the world, and it often also helps us better understand the concepts we are trying to communicate.

Happy Wife, Cat Mom, and Forest Adventurer

My husband John and I have an adorable cat:

Jackson Lebowski (Jax).


We spend a lot of time in the forest. (Well, John and I do. Jax stays home.)

Where’s Shelly?

You can follow me on FB here or here.

Or you can follow me on Instagram here.

And you can also reach me at at shellypruittjohnson@gmail.com.