Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Richard Kim, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Philosophy
Undergraduate Program Director

Specialty Area: Ethics, Moral Psychology, East Asian Philosophy

Office #:  Crown Center 551

Phone: 773.508.2301

Email: rkim7@luc.edu

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


I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. 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.

For a full CV, please click here: Richard Kim CV


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

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications


Confucianism and the Philosophy of Well-Being (Routledge)

Articles and Book Chapters

2023. (forthcoming) “Well-Being in Early Chinese Philosophy” in Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy, (ed.) Justin Tiwald, Oxford University Press.

2021. “Well-Being and Health” (with Daniel Haybron). Special Issue on well-being and the philosophy of medicine in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

2021. “Skill, Practice, and Virtue: Some Questions and Objections for Stalnaker” Philosophy East and West 71: 520-524.

2021. “Neo-Aristotelian Naturalism, Natural Law, and Objectivity” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 95(2): 291-297.

2020. “Well-Being, Eudaimonia, and Nature-Fulfillment” in Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action., Vol. 8: Aristotelian Naturalism, (ed.) Martin Hähnel, Springer.

2020. "Natural Law in Mencius and Aquinas" in Confucianism and Catholicism, (eds.) Michael Slater, Erin Cline, and Philip Ivanhoe, University of Notre Dame Press

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

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

2018. “Confucius and the Meaning of Life” (with Joshua Seachris) in The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers, (eds.) Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia, 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, Routledge.

2016. “Well-Being and Confucianism” in Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being, (ed.) Guy Fletcher, Routledge.

2016. “Early Confucianism and Contemporary Moral Psychology” Philosophy Compass 11(9): 473-85.

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

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

2015. “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.
[Revised and reprinted in Traditional Korean Philosophy: Problems and Debates (eds.) Youngsun Back and Philip J. Ivanhoe, Rowman and Littlefield International.]