Jeffrey J. Fisher
Jeffrey Fisher is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola. His research focuses on Ancient Greek philosophy, including Plato's late metaphysics and its connections to the ethical and political philosophy of both Plato and Aristotle, and he runs an ancient philosophy reading group for the Philosophy Department. His has research and teaching interests in ethics and political philosophy and in the history of philosophy more generally.
Naomi Fisher is Director of Catholic Studies and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. She has broad interests in the history of philosophy and the interplay between that history and the history of Christianity. She specializes in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and his immediate successors, focusing particularly on personhood, freedom, and nature. She also as a graduate degree in Physics from UC Davis and has teaching interests in the relationship between science and religion. She is on the executive board of Philosophers in Jesuit Education and runs a working group in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition for the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage.
Richard Kim is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He specializes in moral philosophy, moral psychology, and East Asian philosophy. He is interested in drawing on the resources of the Catholic tradition to develop richer accounts of human flourishing through a more profound understanding of human identity and the self. He is currently working on a book on habituation and moral development that draws on the ideas of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the classical Confucian tradition.
Andrew Krema is a third year PhD student in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to enrolling at Loyola, he earned a Masters in philosophy at the University of Cologne (Germany) and a BA in philosophy and German at The Catholic University of America. His research interests lie in phenomenology, especially Husserl.
Marcella Linn is a lecturer in the philosophy department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research uses interpretative work on Aristotle to address contemporary topics in ethics and social psychology such as the nature of character, moral luck, the empirical adequacy of character, and moral responsibility. She regularly teaches courses in ethics and judgment and decision making as part of the university's core curriculum.
James G. Murphy, SJ
James Murphy has been Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago since 2009. Prior to that he was lecturer in philosophy at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland for many years. He has written articles on issues of public policy (in the Irish-EU context), as well as a monograph, War’s Ends (Georgetown University Press, 2014) on the ethics of going to war. His main interests lie in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. He has written course-textbooks in philosophy of science and philosophy of the person. He is currently completing a monograph on how we relate to (or confront) history. He is a Catholic priest, and a Jesuit.
Michael P. Murphy
Michael P. Murphy is Director of Loyola’s Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. His research interests are in Theology and Literature, Sacramental Theology, and the literary/political cultures of Catholicism—but he also thinks and writes about issues in eco-theology and social ethics. Dr. Murphy, a Senior Lecturer in the Theology Department, is a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow. Mikes' first book, A Theology of Criticism: Balthasar, Postmodernism, and the Catholic Imagination (Oxford), was named a "Distinguished Publication" in 2008 by the American Academy of Religion. His most recent scholarly work is an edited volume (with Melissa Bradshaw), this need to dance/this need to kneel: Denise Levertov and the Poetics of Faith (Wipf and Stock, 2019). Mike was also the second Director of Loyola University Chicago’s Catholic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor Program (serving from 2012-2021). He is currently at work on a monograph entitled The Humane Realists: Catholic Fiction, Poetry, and Film 1965-2020.
Avery Merriel Smith is faculty in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. In 2017 she completed her PhD in Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Her specializations are 20th Century Continental Philosophy, ethics and metaphysics. She has had careers in Corporate America and the United Nations, which have influenced her research focus: human relationship, corporate ethics and Critical Race Theory. Dr. Smith is currently under contract with Palgrave Macmillan for the publication of her manuscript entitled Black America and Existential Incompatibility, A Phenomenological Approach Toward Ethical Solutions for Problem Groups, which will be published in the first quarter of 2022.
Xueying Wang is Lecturer in the Department of Theology. Dr. Wang’s research interests include Christian historical theology, focusing on early Christian and medieval theology, and comparative theology, with a focus on comparing Christian theology with East Asian religions, especially Confucianism, Daoism, and Chinese Buddhism. She has published scholarly works on John Chrysostom, Augustine, and East Asian thinkers. Dr. Wang is also a translator, with the aim of introducing classical theological works in the West to Chinese audience. So far she has translated John Henry Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine and two works of G. K. Chesterton: Dumb Ox and St. Francis of Assisi.
Joe Vukov is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University Chicago. His research and teaching explore questions at the intersection of ethics, neuroscience, and philosophy of mind, and at the intersection of science and religion.Together with Dr. Michael Burns, he leads Loyola’s Science and Religion Discussion Group. In 2022, he will publish his first book on Science, Religion, and Intellectual Humility with Eerdmans.