Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Kristen Irwin, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 345

Phone: 773.508.2320


CV Link: Kristen Irwin CV


Kristen Irwin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. She came in 2014 after teaching at Biola University (CA). She earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. Prior to that, she earned her BA in Philosophy and History from Hillsdale College (MI).

Dr. Irwin's teaching and research interests include several philosophical topics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including conceptions of reason and belief, the nature of faith, skepticism, philosophical theology (particularly the problem of evil), and theories of toleration. She has published pieces in Religious Studies, Philosophy Compass, Studia Leibnitiana, The Modern Schoolman (now Res Philosophica), Kriterion, and numerous anthologies.


PhD, University of California, San Diego
BA, Hillsdale College 

Research Interests

Early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, skepticism

Selected Publications

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

“Locke and Contemporary Philosophy of Religion” in The Lockean Mind, eds. Shelley Weinberg & Jessica Gordon-Roth (Routledge 2022).

“Reading Bayle, Again: A Survey of the Interpretive Landscape and A Defense of the Academic-Moral Knowledge Reading” in Sceptical Doubt and Disbelief in Modern European Thought: A New Pan-American Dialogue, eds. Plinio J. Smith & Vicente Raga (Springer 2021).

"Enabling Ivan Karamazov: Responding to Mark Murphy’s God’s Own Ethics: Norms of Divine Agency and the Argument from Evil," Religious Studies 53:4 (November 2017).

"Les implications du scepticisme modéré académique de Bayle pour la connaissance morale," in Libertinage et philosophie au XVIIe siècle 14 (eds. Pierre-François Moreau & Antony McKenna; Classiques Garnier, 2017).

"The Implications of Bayle’s Qualified Academic Skepticism for Moral Knowledge," in Academic Scepticism in Early Modern Philosophy (eds. Plínio J. Smith & Sébastien Charles; Springer 2016).

"Pierre Bayle" in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ISSN 2161-0002, http://www.iep.utm.edu/