Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Kristen Irwin, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 358

Phone: 773.508.2320


CV Link: Kristen Irwin CV


Kristen Irwin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University. 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 received 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 Philosophy Compass, Studia Leibnitiana, The Modern Schoolman (now Res Philosophica), Kriterion, and New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy (eds. Larry Jorgensen & Sam Newlands).


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

"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), 557-563.

"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), 127-146.

"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), 275-292.

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

"Family & the Academy" (2 posts), Blog of the APA: The Official Blog of the American Philosophical Association 16 & 23 February 2016, http://blog.apaonline.org/2016/02/16/family-and-the-academy/

"Reason in Bayle and Leibniz," in Leibniz et Bayle: Confrontation et Dialogue – Studia Leibnitiana, Sonderhefte Band 43 (Steiner Verlag 2015), 289-301.