Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Thomas J. Derdak, PhD

Title/s:  Advanced Lecturer

Office #:  Crown Center 469

Phone: 773.508.2344

Email: tderdak@luc.edu


Thomas J. Derdak is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, where he has taught since 1979. He received his BA from Butler University in Indianapolis, and his MA and PhD 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.


University of Chicago

Research Interests

Philosophy of religion, aesthetics, ethics, epistemology