Philosophy Department

Robert Louden

Professor of Philosophy


47 Exeter St., Rm. 31, 3rd Floor

Office Hours Fall 2015

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm, & by appointment.

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4248

I received my Undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1975, and completed my Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1981 with a Dissertation entitled "The Elements of Ethics: Toward a Topography of the Moral Field." My areas of interest in philosophy are Ethical Theory, History of Ethics, and the history of Philosophy.

I am a member of the American Philosophical Association, The North American Kant Society, and the American Society for 18th Century Studies. Before teaching at USM, I taught at Iowa State University, Indiana University Northwest, and at Barat College in Illinois. My favorite philosopher is Immanuel Kant.

Courses usually taught:
PHI 105E - Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy through its History, PHI 210 - Ethical Theories, PHI 260 - Philosophy of Law,and PHI 330I - History of Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant

Philosophy of Law Guest Lecturer

Lady Justice

Professor of Philosophy Robert Loudon welcomes guest lecturer Robert Ruffner, Esq. to speak in his Philosophy of Law (PHI 260) class. All USM students of philosophy and law are welcome to attend this lecture.

Thursday, November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502, Portland Campus
Robert J. Ruffner, Esq. will be the Guest Lecturer in Professor Robert Louden’s Philosophy of Law class on November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502. Ruffner, a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense, is a 1996 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Mr. Ruffner began practicing in Maine in 1999 as a Domestic Violence prosecutor with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. He then joined the litigation firm of Friedman Babcock & Gaythwaite where he practiced insurance and criminal defense. Ruffner formed his own practice in 2001 to focus on Criminal Defense.

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