Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Blake D. Dutton, PhD

Title/s:  Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 350

Phone: 773.508.2214


CV Link: Blake Dutton CV


Blake Dutton is a Professor in the Philosophy Department. He came to Loyola in 1998 after having taught at Cornell, Emory, Georgia State University, and Boston College. Dr. Dutton earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and holds undergraduate degrees in Music Composition (BM) and Philosophy (BA) from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Dutton's primary areas of research are medieval and early modern philosophy, the history of science in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity, and the philosophy of religion. These interests are reflected in his publications, which deal with issues ranging from the ontology of motion in 14th century physics to Descartes's ontological argument. Among his publications are articles in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, The Modern Schoolman, and British Journal for the History of Philosophy. He is currently working on a book on Augustine's response to Academic skepticism.


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, 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)

Recent Publications 

"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).

"Divine Sovereignty and the Causal Power in Creatures: Aquinas’s Answer to the Mutakallim┼źn," in Jeremiah Hackett, William Murnion & Carl Still (eds.), Being and Thought in Aquinas. (Binghamton: Global Academic Publishing, 2004).

"Benedict de Spinoza," in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

"Augustine, Academic Skepticism and Zeno’s Definition," in Augustiniana, 53 (2003) 7-30.