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Leonard A. Kahn

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Interim Chair

Leonard A. Kahn
Leonard A. Kahn

Before coming to Loyola, I taught in the Department of Philosophy at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have also been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta and a Visiting Scholar at both the Yale University Center for Bioethics and the Hastings Center for Bioethics. I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) under the supervision of Derek Parfit and Roger Crisp. While working on my doctorate, I was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at the University of Reading in Reading, UK.

My primary areas of research are moral theory and applied ethics, especially the ethics of war, though my teaching interests include political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind and action, feminist philosophy, and both decision and game theory.

My most recent publications:

  • "Is There an Obligation to Abort? Act-Utilitarianism and the Ethics of Procreation" in Essays in Philosophy (Author, forthcoming in 2019)

  • "The Ethics of Big Data" in Business Ethics in Focus, ed. by Alex Sager and Fritz Allhoff, Broadview Press (Author, forthcoming in 2019)

  • "Liability to Deadly Force in War" in Who Should Die? ed. by B.J. Strawser et al., Oxford University Press (Author, 2017)

  • "Robophobia: Moral Limits on the Use of Military Robots" in Robot Ethics 2.0, ed. Patrick Lin et al., Oxford University Press (Author, 2017)

  • “Third-Party Forgiveness” in The Philosophy of Forgiveness, ed. Court Lewis, Vernon Press (Author, 2016)

  • "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill, Broadview Press (Editor, 2015), 

  • Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics, Routledge Press (Co-editor with Avram Hiller and Ramona Ilea, 2013)

  • "Just Cause and Cyber-Attacks," in The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Wars: Just War in the 21st Century, eds. Fritz Allhoff et al., Routledge Press (Author, 2013)

  • "Rule Consequentialism and Disaster" in Philosophical Studies (Author, 2013)

  • Mill on Justice, Palgrave Macmillan Press (Editor, 2012)

  • “Rule Consequentialism and Scope” in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (Author, 2012)


D. Phil, Oxford University

Classes Taught

  • Ethics
  • Making Moral Decisions
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Seminar: Matters of Life and Death
  • Philosophy and Feminism
  • Seminar: The Ethics of War
  • Global Ethics
  • Seminar: The Social Contract and Its Limits
  • Decision and Game Theory
  • Seminar: Forgiveness
  • Social Justice
  • Seminar: Problems from Parfit
  • ​Seminar: Social Justice, from Theory to Practice 
  • Law and Morality
  • Seminar: Freedom, Rights, and the State of Nature
  • Seminar: World Poverty and Effective Altruism 

Areas of Expertise

Moral Theory and Applied Ethics