Liberal Studies-Humanities

Robert Louden PhD

Professor of Philosophy
Professor Louden

Office Location

122 Payson Smith

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2022

Professor Louden is out Spring 22. Contact the chair regarding advising.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • M A. University of Chicago
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz


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 taught include:
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