Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

James Murphy, S.J., PhD

Title/s:  Director of Jesuit First Studies Program;
Associate Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 460

Phone: 773.508.2280



James (Séamus) G. Murphy is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, having 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 author of the book War's Ends (Georgetown UP 2014). He is currently at work on a monograph on the ethics of history and memory, in relation to Ireland’s “decade of centenaries” of the 1912-1924 period.

He has published articles on the metaphysics of action, the science-religion relation, virtue ethics, causation, and epistemology. In 2006, he authored a 60,000-word philosophy of science text for a distance learning B.A. in Philosophy.  He has also written articles applying philosophy to public policy issues on a wide range of topics.  A selection of his articles can be found on his personal web page.


University of Maryland, USA.

Research Interests

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