Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy


Congratulations 2018 PhD graduates!

PhD grads 2018

These are two of the recent PhD graduates from the May Commencement ceremony.
Above: Dr. Daniele Manni with supervisor Dr. Mark Waymack and Dr. Sean Petranovich with supervisor Dr. Hanne Jacobs

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference 2018

Announcing Loyola’s first annual undergraduate philosophy conference! This public conference, sponsored by the Loyola philosophy department, will feature the work of 31 of our standout Chicago-area undergraduate students, who are all currently hard at work (with the help of their grad student mentors) fine-tuning their presentations on various topics from Aquinas to Zygote modification--and everything in between!

The conference is free and open to the public , thanks to our department’s generosity, and Campus Catering will keep us well-fed to ensure that our brains keep working throughout the day! The different panel sessions will be located in classrooms in Mundelein (507, 519, 608); more information can be found on the department webpage and on our Facebook event page.

Additionally, our keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Maria del Rosario Acosta Lopez, Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, whose research focuses primarily on German idealism, aesthetics, and political philosophy. Dr. Acosta has published a wide range of books and articles on these and other topics, and also works in coordination with the Chicago Torture Justice Center and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.

Any questions can be sent to the conference organizers, Yiran Zhang and Joe Vukov.

Hope to see you there!

“To Improve The Quality Of Instruction In Philosophy At All Levels” - A Workshop presented by The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT)

AAPT Pedagogy Wkshp

Participants will read some of the best literature regarding how learning happens, how to design maximally effective courses, and how to improve classroom practice. The goal is not primarily to provide tips, although we will provide some. Rather, the workshop is designed to enhance participants’ ability to make highly effective pedagogical choices. The interactive sessions provide opportunities for participants to reflect with colleagues on how to individualize evidence-based best teaching practices to one’s own idiosyncratic teaching contexts. Participants will learn how to identify and select challenging and transformative learning objectives and how to design and assess sequences of learning activities to make the achievement of those goals highly likely. The friendships and collegial relationships begun here can last a lifetime.

Seminar Leaders:   

  • Rebecca Scott, Loyola University Chicago
  • Giancarlo Tarantino, Arrupe College
  • Adam Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Cuneo 302

8:30am – 5:00pm


There is no charge for members of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. Only members may attend. To apply please contact Seminar Leader Rebecca Scott, rebecca.g.scott@gmail.com

Philosophy professor presents at Educational Justice conference

Philosophy professor presents at Educational Justice conference

How students see themselves can directly impact their academic success. Your self-esteem and confidence are influenced by your own self-image or what Assistant Philosophy Professor Pamela Lomelino calls “imaging-as.” Lomelino discussed how this concept can empower under-represented college students when she presented her research at the Educational Justice Conference at the Bethune-Cookman University on July 17-19, 2016. Her presentation highlighted how “imaging-as” can be an empowerment tool to increase retention rates in this population. Lomelino’s presentation also touched constraints to “imaging-as” such as issues of social justice issues—like access to quality education and healthcare. Go here for more details on the conference.