Philosophy Department

Robert Louden PhD

Professor of Philosophy

Office Location

122 G Payson Smith Hall

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2022

Professor Louden is out Spring 22. Contact the chair for advising questions



Academic Degrees

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


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

Areas of Scholarship

Ethical Theory, History of Ethics (Ancient, 18th-20th Centuries), Kant’s Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy, Kant, the Enlightenment and Modernity.