Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

James Murphy, S.J., PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 460

Phone: 773.508.2280

Email: jmurphy7@luc.edu


James (Séamus) G. Murphy, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, joined the faculty in 2009. His MA thesis (1987) was in philosophy of mind, on the work of Jerry Fodor. He doctoral thesis (University of Maryland 2001) was in philosophy of science, on the constitutive a priori in the early work of Rudolf Carnap.

He taught philosophy at Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland 1987-1990 and 1996-2008. He is a qualified high school teacher, and has an MDiv (theology). He is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuit order.

He is the author of a course textbook in philosophy of science (2006) for a distance learning B.A. in Philosophy; the book War's Ends (Georgetown UP 2014); the e-book Philosophy and Person (Kendall Hunt 2019), a course textbook designed for Loyola’s PHIL 130. His forthcoming monograph is on the ethics of history and memory, in relation to Ireland’s commemoration of the 1912-1924 period.

He has published articles on the metaphysics of action, the science-religion relation, virtue ethics, causation, and epistemology. He has also written philosophy articles on a range of public policy issues.


PhD, University of Maryland, USA.

Research Interests

Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, moral epistemology, philosophy of history and memory.