Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Richard Kim, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 362

Phone: 773.508.2301


CV Link: Richard Kim CV

External Webpage: http://www.richardkimphilosophy.com/


I am an assistant professor of philosophy. My core areas of research are ethics, moral psychology, and East Asian philosophy. My research seeks to deepen our understanding of the nature of well-being and relevant concepts including pleasure, emotion, and virtue. In both research and teaching I employ an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural methodology that integrates traditional philosophical analysis with contemporary empirical research and insights from East Asian philosophical traditions. 

Before coming to Loyola I received my PhD from the University of Notre Dame and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of Hong Kong and Saint Louis University.


PhD, 2012, University of Notre Dame
BA, 2004, UCLA

Research Interests

Ethics, moral psychology, East Asian philosophy, and comparative philosophy

Selected Publications


"Human Nature and Moral Sprouts: Mencius on the Pollyanna Problem," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99(1), 2018. 

"Early Confucianism and Contemporary Moral Psychology," Philosophy Compass. 2016. 

"Confucianism and Non-human Animal Sacrifice" European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 8(1). 2016.

"The Role of Human Nature in Moral Inquiry: MacIntyre, Mencius, and Xunzi," History of Philosophy Quarterly 32(4). 2015. 

"Human Nature and Animal Nature: The Horak Debate and Its Philosophical Significance" International Philosophical Quarterly 55:4. 2015. Revised and reprinted in Traditional Korean Philosophy: Problems and and Debates (eds. Youngsun Back and Philip J. Ivanhoe), Rowman and Littlefield International. 

Book Chapters 

"Daoism, Flourishing, and Gene Editing" forthcoming in Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing, (eds.) Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, Oxford University Press. Forthcoming, 2019. 

"Confucius and the Meaning of Life" (with Johsua Seachris) in The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers, (eds.) Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia, New York: Routledge. 2018. 

"Confucian Virtue Ethics and Business" with Javier Cuervo, Richard Roque, and Reuben Mondejar in Business Ethics: A Virtue Ethics and Common Good Approach, eds. Alejo Jose G. Sison, Ignacio Ferrero, and Gregorio Guitian, New York: Routledge. 2018. 

"Well-Being and Confucianism" in Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being, ed. Guy Fletcher. 2016. 

"Filial Piety and Business Ethics: A Confucian Reflection" in Springer Handbook on Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, ed. Chris Provis, with Reuben Mondejar and Chris C. Chu. 2016.