Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy


Bereavement Notice: Dr. James Harrington

Bereavement Notice: Dr. James Harrington

With sadness, the Department of Philosophy notes the passing of Senior Lecturer James Harrington, Jr. Dr. Harrington was injured in an accident, and died on October 29th, 2021.

Dr. Harrington joined the Department of Philosophy in a full time capacity in 2006, and over the years he became the first Lecturer in the Department to achieve the status of Senior Lecturer.

Dr. Harrington’s areas of specialty included philosophy of science, especially physics, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. He published numerous articles over the years, appearing in such journals as Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and American Philosophical Quarterly, and authored his well-received book, Time: A Philosophical Introduction, in 2015. Dr. Harrington’s interests, however, were wide. For example, he also taught courses on SciFi and philosophy and music and philosophy. For several years he had been a regular in teaching courses in the Honors Program.

Over the years, Dr. Harrington served the Department as Director of Undergraduate Programs in Philosophy, and for one year as interim Assistant Chairperson. Additionally, he served the College of Arts and Sciences for several years as a member of the Academic Council; and at the time of his death he was Chair of Academic Council.

Jim was born June 2, 1967, in South Bend, Indiana, the beloved son of James and Roseanne Harrington, devoted brother of Maris Harrington Tallentire, loving uncle to his nieces and nephews-_Emme Zajdela, Matthias Zajdela, Timothy Zajdela, and Sophie Zajdela. He was preceded in death by his sister, Roesanne E. Harrington, uncle, Frank Strupeck; and grandparents, John and Rita Harrington and Frank and Louise Strupeck. His family is grateful for the compassionate care he received at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and for the kindness of the care team.

The funeral will be:
Saturday, November 13, 2021
11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1077 Tower Road
Winnetka, IL

We welcome all family and friends of Dr. Harrington to leave tributes on our department's Facebook page.