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Jonathan Peterson

Director of University Honors Program; Associate Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D., Toronto


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Academic Affairs
  • University Honors


Dr. Jonathan Peterson's research specializations are in philosophy of law and political philosophy. His current research focuses on political authority, social justice, criminal law, and punishment. He has published work on the philosophy of intellectual property and is particularly interested in Kant’s legal and political philosophy.

Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Peterson was a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Recent publications include “Legal Moralism, Interests, and Preferences: Alexander on Aesthetic Regulation" in Philosophia (2015).

Classes Taught

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Law and Morality
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Honors Seminar: Freedom, Rights and the State of Nature
  • Seminar: The Political Philosophy of John Rawls

Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Law
  • Political Philosophy


“Lockean Property and Literary Works,” Legal Theory 14 (2008): 257-280.

“Enlightenment and Freedom,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2008): 223-44.