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J.D. Trout, PhD

Professor of Philosophy and Psychology

J.D. Trout is a Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.

J.D.’s research focuses on judgment and decision-making, the philosophy of science, and ethics. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of 6 books, and over 35 research articles and chapters.

J.D. received his PhD in Philosophy at Cornell University in 1988, where he was a National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow. He then took a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College. He has had visiting appointments at Virginia Tech, University of Innsbruck and the University of Chicago.

In addition to presenting his research in philosophy of science, J.D. regularly delivers lectures on judgment and policy, and on the measurement of public well-being. In the U.S., J.D. has given talks at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, and Carnegie Mellon University, to name a few. And he has delivered invited lectures to international audiences in Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands.

For 2012-2013, J.D. will be the Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Professor, an award for “distinguished achievements in the field of philosophy” and “vast contributions to the understanding of philosophy by the public.” His work, commentaries, and interviews, have appeared on television, radio, and in print, in New York Times Sunday Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tonight, the Business Column of Chicago Tribune, Latino USA (with Maria Hinijosa, NPR Washington, DC), Toronto Globe and Mail, Miami NPR, l’espresso (a popular Italian weekly), Martha Stewart Living Radio, WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio, and Calcalist (Israel’s largest business daily).

J.D.'s research has been funded by a NSF Scholars Award, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He teaches a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, from the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of science, to metaphysics and the psychology of decision-making. His most recent book, The Empathy Gap, uses the scientific findings on decision-making to craft social policies that improve human well-being.

For more information visit Professor Trout's personal website at: http://www.jdtrout.com.

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