Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Blake D. Dutton, PhD

Title/s:  Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 349

Phone: 773.508.2214

Email: bdutton@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://luc.academia.edu/BlakeDutton


Blake Dutton is a Professor in the philosophy department. He came to Loyola in 1998 after having taught at Cornell, Emory, Georgia State, and Boston College. Professor Dutton earned his PhD in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and holds undergraduate degrees in music composition (BM) and philosophy (BA) from the University of North Texas.

Professor Dutton's primary areas of research are medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. These interests are reflected in his publications, which deal with topics ranging from Augustine’s response to skepticism to Descartes' ontological argument. Among his publications are articles in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, The Modern Schoolman, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis. He is the author of Augustine and Academic Skepticism: A Philosophical Study (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016).


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, University of North Texas
BM, University of North Texas

Research Interests

Medieval Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion 

Selected Publications

Authored Books 

Augustine and Academic Skepticism: A Philosophical Study (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016)


“The Objection from Touch: Sensation, Extension, and the Soul in Augustine’s The Quantity of the Soul,” in History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis (2020) 1-28

"The Privacy of the Mind and the Fully Approvable Reading of Scripture: Augustine on Genesis 1:1," in William E. Mann (ed.), Augustine’s Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 155-180. 

"Universals," in Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, edited by Andrew Pyle and A.C. Grayling. (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2007).

“Descartes’s Dualism and the One Principal Attribute Rule,” in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2003) 395-415.

"Al-Ghazālī on Possibility and the Critique of Causality," in Medieval Philosophy and Theology 10 (2001) 23-46.