Loyola University Maryland

Committee on Catholic Social Thought


Directors of Loyola's Committee on Catholic Social Thought

Graham McAleer 

Graham McAleer was born and raised in the north of England. He attended universities in England, Canada, Belgium, and the United States. He earned his doctorate at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland, he teaches and researches in the areas of ethics and Catholic Social Thought. He was named Loyola's Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2014.

Currently promoting his latest book Tolkien: Philosopher of War, McAleer is also writing a book on business ethics and the fashion industry. 

His previous books are:

  • Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings: A Philosophy of War. This book is available on Amazon in Kindle format.  Click here to purchase and download.
  • Ecstatic Morality and Sexual Politics (Fordham University Press in 2005). A book on Catholic sexual ethics, relying on natural law, and making use of the ideas of Aquinas, St. John Paul II, Scheler, and Aurel Kolnai.  
  • To Kill Another: Homicide and Natural Law (Transaction, 2010). A commentary on Aquinas's famous question on killing, Summa theologica, II-II, q.64, the book develops a natural law defense of Catholic principles respecting innocence and state power.

Rev. John J. Conley, S.J.

Rev. John J. Conley, S.J., holds the Francis J. Knott Chair of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University Maryland. A specialist in ethics and modern French philosophy, he is the author of The Suspicion of Virtue: Women Philosophers in Neoclassical France (Cornell University Press, 2002) and Adoration and Annihilation: The Convent Philosophy of Port-Royal (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).  

He has published many essays and presented many papers dealing with topics in Catholic Social Doctrine: questions of method, bioethics, family ethics, church-state relations, papal encyclicals. He co-edited Prophecy and Diplomacy: The Moral Doctrine of John Paul II (Fordham University Press, 1999) and Creed and Culture: Jesuit Studies of John Paul II (Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2004).  

Father Conley is also a poet and playwright. His plays have recently been produced in Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Leeds, Washington, D.C., and New York City. In 2011 he received Loyola’s Nachbahr Award for outstanding scholarly achievement in the humanities.