Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

Mavis Biss

ProfessorMavis Biss

Email: mlbiss@loyola.edu
Phone: 410-617-5972
Office: Humanities Center 050L

Personal Profile


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 2002

Select Publications

  • “On Trying Too Hard: A Kantian Interpretation of Misguided Moral Striving,” Journal of Philosophy of Education vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 966-976, 2021.

  • "A Kantian Response to the Problem of Reception," Social Theory and Practice, Online First: Jan. 5, 2019. DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract 2019.
  • “Friendship, Trust and Moral Self-Perfection,” Philosophers’ Imprint vol. 19, no. 50, pp. 1-16, 2019
  • “Positive Morality and the Realization of Freedom in Kant’s Moral Philosophy,” European Journal of Philosophy vol. 27 (3), pp. 610-624, Sept. 2019 [published online Dec. 2018]
  • “Avoiding Vice and Pursing Virtue: Kant on Perfect Duties and ‘Prudential Latitude’,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (4), pp. 618-635, December 2017 [published online November 2015]
  • “Radical Moral Imagination and Moral Luck,” Metaphilosophy 47 (4-5), pp. 558-570, October 2016 [reprinted in Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card, Robin S. Dillon and Armen Marsoobian, ed. Wiley: 2018]
  • “Kantian Moral Striving,” Kantian Review vol. 20 (1), pp. 1-23, March 2015 [awarded the 2015 Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize by the North American Kant Society]

Areas of Specialization

  • Ethics
  • Kant
  • Feminist Philosophy

Select Awards

  • 2023 NEH Summer Stipend
  • 2022 Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year
  • Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize awarded by the North American Kant Society, 2015
  • American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association for University Women (AAUW), 2010

Public Philosophy

  • “Are Anti-vaxxers Conscientious Objectors?” The Atlantic, July 29, 2019 (with Eula Biss)
  • “Our Broken Trust in Public Space,” The New York Times (The Stone), May 28, 2018
Jonathan Prozzi

Jonathan Prozzi

His experience at Loyola helped Jonathan realize his passion for teaching technology, which led him to a fulfilling career

Philosophy, History