Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

Mavis Biss

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: HU 050L
Phone: 410-617-5972


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

Areas of Specialization

  • Ethics, Kant and Feminist Philosophy

Recent Publications

  • “A Kantian Response to the Problem of Reception,” Social Theory and Practice, Online First: Jan. 5, 2020. DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract2019123070
  • “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]

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

Select Awards

  • Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize awarded by the North American Kant Society, 2015
  • American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association for University Women (AAUW), 2010
Mavis Biss

Mavis Biss

Mavis Biss, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, employs contemporary issues and the Jesuit mission to educate her students on philosophy and history