Liberal Studies-Humanities

Robert Louden PhD

Professor of Philosophy
Professor Louden

Office Location

122 Payson Smith



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