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Jonathan Peterson

Director of the Honors Program; Associate Professor of Philosophy

Jonathan Peterson
Jonathan Peterson

Dr. Jonathan Peterson's research specializations are in philosophy of law and political philosophy. His current research focuses on political authority, social justice, criminal law, and punishment. Dr. Peterson has published work on the philosophy of intellectual property and is particularly interested in Kant’s legal and political philosophy.

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

Recent Publications

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


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