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Kristen Irwin, PhDKristen Irwin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Kristen Irwin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. She was previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Biola University (2009-2014), and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. Her teaching & research interests include several philosophical topics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including conceptions of reason and belief, the nature of faith, skepticism, philosophical theology (particularly the problem of evil), and theories of religious toleration. She has published pieces in, e.g., Philosophy Compass, Studia Leibnitiana, The Modern Schoolman (now Res Philosophica), Kriterion, New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy (eds. Larry Jorgensen & Sam Newlands), & the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. She is currently working on a monograph that provides a systematic reading of Pierre Bayle’s position on skepticism, faith, and conscience. Faculty Web Page:

Areas of Specialization

philosophy of religion, skepticism, philosophical theology, and theories of religious toleration

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