Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

Rev. John J. Conley, S.J.

Bernard P. Knott Chair of Philosophy and Theology

Email: jconley1@loyola.edu
Phone: 410-617-2665
Office: Humanities Center O42M


  • B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania (1973)
  • M.A. Philosophy, Fordham University (1977)
  • Dipôme national, French studies, Université de Bordeaux III (1980)
  • Licence en théologie, Centre Sèvres-Paris (1983)
  • M. Theology, Weston School of Theology-Cambridge (1985)
  • Licence en philosophie, Université catholique de Louvain (1986)
  • Docteur en philosophie, Université catholique de Louvain (1988)

Courses Taught

  • Philosophical Aesthetics
  • Philosophical Foundations of Catholic Social Thought
  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Philosophical Foundations
  • Project of Modernity


  • The Suspicion of Virtue: Women Philosophers in Neoclassical France (Cornell University Press, 2002).
  • Jacqueline Pascal, A Rule for Children and Other Writings, ed. and trans. J. Conley (University of Chicago Press, 2003).
  • Madame de Maintenon, Dialogues and Addresses, ed. and trans. J. Conley (University of Chicago Press, 2004).
  • “Suppressing Women Philosophers: The Case of the Early Modern Canon,” Early Modern Women 2006: 1, 99-114.
  • “Eugenic Logic: Eliminating the Disabled,” Life and Learning XVI, ed. J. Koterski (Georgetown, 2006): 481-490.
  • “Convent and Doctrine: Jacqueline Pascal,” in Teaching Other Voices: Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe, eds. M. King and A. Rabil (University of Chicago Press, 2007): 185-192.

Areas of Specialization

  • Modern French Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics


  • National Endowment for the Humanities; Mellon Foundation
  • Folger Library and Institute; New York Council for the Humanities
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