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Jonathan Peterson

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program

Jonathan Peterson
Jonathan Peterson

My research specializations are in philosophy of law and political philosophy. My current research focuses on political authority, social justice, criminal law, and punishment. I have published work on the philosophy of intellectual property and I am particularly interested in Kant’s legal and political philosophy.

Before coming to Loyola, I was lecturer in philosophy at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Recent publications include “Legal Moralism, Interests, and Preferences: Alexander on Aesthetic Regulation" in Philosophia (2015).

Recent Publications

  • “Lockean Property and Literary Works,” Legal Theory 14 (2008): 257-280.
  • “Enlightenment and Freedom,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2008): 223-44.


Ph.D., Toronto

Classes Taught

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Law and Morality
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Honors Seminar: Freedom, Rights and the State of Nature
  • Seminar: The Political Philosophy of John Rawls

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy