Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Thomas J. Derdak


Adjunct Professor
Philosophy Department
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.2344
Fax: 773.508.2292
E-mail: tderdak@luc.edu

Thomas J. Derdak is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, where he has taught since 1979. He received his B.A. from Butler University in Indianapolis, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Paul Ricoeur, Stephen Toulmin, and Alan Donagan, and wrote a dissertation on epistemological issues in Freud, entitled Explanation and Interpretation in Psychoanalysis.

His areas of philosophical specialization are ethics and aesthetics, philosophy of religion, epistemology, moral philosophy, and philosophy of human nature. He has published articles on these and related topics.

Dr. Derdak is also the executive director of Global Alliance for Africa, a not-for-profit foundation concerned with the health care infrastructure of Africa. He travels regularly to Africa for this reason, and lectures to organizations in the United States on conditions there.