Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Recent MA & PhD Defenses

PhD in Philosophy 2019

Drew Thompson, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: A Discourse Theoretic Contribution to Migration and Sovereignty
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ingram

Jean Clifford, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Role of Incidental Perception in Aristotle's Moral Epistemology
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Julie Ward

Justin Nordin, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: A Levinasian Approach to Ethics
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Hanne Jacobs

David Atenasio, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Collective Responsibility by Agreement
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Thomas Carson

PhD in Philosophy 2018

Robert Duncan, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Homonymy and the Comparability of Goods in Aristotle
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Julie Ward

Sarah Babbitt, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Simple Goodness: Problematic Idealizations in Ethical Theory
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Jennifer Parks

Paul Leisen, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Hannah Arendt’s Political Action: a Dialectic of Expression and Deliberation
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ingram

Nicoletta Ruane, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Hic Rhodus, hic salta! Three Conceptions of the Modern Inequality Paradox
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Schweickart

Kyoungnam Park, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Concept of Matter in Kant's Transcendental Idealism
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

Peter Omollo, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Paradox of African Subjectivity and its Ambiguous Relationship with Institutional Forms: Charles Taylor's Insights on "Expressivism" and Habermas' Deliberative Democracy
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ingram

Daniele Manni, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Art of Morals: A Study of the Influence of Musicopoetic Arts on Moral Development in Plato's Laws
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Mark Waymack

Allan Breedlove, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Deepening the Hermeneutic of Suspicion: Habermas and Taylor on the Psychodynamics of Lifespan Moral Development
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ingram

PhD in Philosophy 2017

Marcella Linn, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Character Luck and Moral Responsibility: The Character of the Ordinary Person in Aristotle's Rhetoric and Politics
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Thomas Carson

Ndidi Nwaneri, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Human Rights and Global Justice: A Normative Critique of Some Rawlsian Approaches
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ingram

Sean Petranovich, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Husserl and Community
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Hanne Jacobs

Rebecca Scott, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Master and the Midwife: Levinas and Plato on Teaching
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Adriaan Peperzak

Giancarlo Tarantino, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleBeing Wise Before Wisdom: The Historical Development of Phronesis from Homer to Aristotle, and its Consequences for Hans-Georg Gadamer's Hermeneutic Ethics
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Adriaan Peperzak

PhD in Philosophy 2016

Asaf Bar-Tura, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Habermas and Public Reason in the Digital Age: Technology and Deliberative Democracy
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ingram

Thomas Bretz, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: “But Who, We?”: Derrida on Non-Human Others
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

Andrew Kondrat, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleMoral Distress and the Health Care Organization
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Ozar

PhD in Philosophy 2015

Aaron Crowe, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: International Trade: A Justice Approach
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Schweickart

Russell Newstadt, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Omnis Determinatio Est Negatio: Negation, Difference and the Unity of the Concept
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

Merritt Rehn-Debraal, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Surviving History of Sexuality: A Feminist-Foucauldian Approach to Sexual Violence and Survival
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

PhD in Philosophy 2014

Mark Bourgeois, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Function Debate in Philosophy of Biology: Proper Function as the Necessary Basis for Interpreting Systemic Organization
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. James Blachowicz

Kristina Grob, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Moral Philosophy and the Art of Silence
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Mark Waymack

Bryan Kibbe, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleMindful Mending: The Repair of Thought and Action Amidst Technologies
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Diana Meyers

Maria Kulp, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Limits of Rationality: Suicidality, Affectivity, and the Rational
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Jennifer Parks

Maggie Labinski, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Augustine and Feminisms: A Dialogue about Education
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Victoria Wike

PhD in Philosophy 2013

Matthew Butcher, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: The Character and Role of Volitional Evidence in an Evidentialist Argument for the Existence of God
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Paul Moser

Matthew Kelsey, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleThe Mother of Chaos and Night: Kant's Metaphilosophical Attack on Indifferentism
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

Gisele Velarde La Rosa, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleProlegomena to Kant's Theory of the Derangement of the Cognitive Faculties
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

PhD in Philosophy 2012

Alberto Bertozzi, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: On Eros in Plotinus: Attempt at a Systematic Reconstruction (with a Preliminary Chapter on Plato)
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Adriaan Peperzak

Won Choi, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Structuralist Controversy: Althusser and Lacan on Ideology
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

Christina Drogalis, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleRevolutionary Change: How Kant's Religion Influences His Account of Human Moral Development
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Victoria Wike

Justin Marquis, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleNietzsche's Theory of Cognition: An Interpretation and Defense of Perspectivism
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Jacqueline Scott

Blaine Swen, PhD

  • Dissertation TitleThe Logic of Divine-Human Reconciliation: A Critical Analysis of Penal Substitution as an Explanatory Feature of Atonement
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. Paul Moser

Timothy Weidel, PhD

  • Dissertation Title: Beyond Utility, Rights, and Care: An Alternative Approach to Global Poverty
  • Dissertation Director: Dr. David Schweickart

MA in Philosophy

  • Xin Chen, 2019
  • Daniel Khananisho, 2019
  • James Egan, 2018
  • Randi Feder, 2016
  • Joel Stenftenagel, 2016

MA in Social Philosophy

  • Orlando Portalatin, 2020
  • Pat Corkery, 2020
  • Oliver Capko, 2020
  • Nathan Krawetzki, 2020
  • Fernando Saldivar, 2020
  • Erin Kast, 2020
  • Conan Rainwater, 2020
  • Thomas Arms, 2020
  • Chia-Yang Kao, 2019
  • David Inczauskis, 2019
  • Joseph Lorenz, 2019
  • Michael Martinez, 2019
  • Henoch Derbew, 2018
  • Minh-Hoang Le, 2018
  • Daniel Everson, 2018
  • Lawrence Dwyer, 2018
  • Bryan Paulsen, 2018
  • Ryan Mak, 2018
  • Nicholas Albin, 2017
  • Chima Maduka, 2017
  • Ricardo Perkins, 2017
  • Aaron Pierre, 2017
  • Srujesh Shah, 2017
  • Damian Torres-Botello, 2017