Alfredo Mac Laughlin, PhD

Chair | Associate Professor

Dr. Mac Laughlin teaches applied ethics and philosophy of knowledge. He specializes in healthcare ethics, philosophy and science fiction, game-based learning and the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan.

He is the publisher and editor of the Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy.

Education and Training

  • PhD, Loyola University, Chicago, Philosophy
  • MA, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., Philosophy
  • Elementary, Secondary and Special Education Teacher in Philosophy, Universidad del Norte Santo Tomas de Aquino, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • BA, Universidad del Norte Santo Tomas de Aquino, Buenos Aires, Argentina


"A Typology of Moral Conversion." Lonergan Workshop, Vol. 23, 277-306 (2012).

St. Ambrose University, May 2014: "The Nature of Suffering."

Chicago Catechetical Conference, November 2011: "Creative Approaches in End-of-Life Dilemmas."

Lonergan Workshop, Boston College, June 2009: "On Moral Conversion," a four-day afternoon workshop.

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2009: "Philosophy for Children & the Community of Inquiry: Ethical Education through Dialogue & Inquiry" (Panel Chair).

Loyola University Chicago Brennan Graduate Conference, 2007: "Richard Rorty and Bernard Lonergan on Sentimental Education."

Lonergan Workshop, Boston College, June 2005, 2006 & 2007: "New Horizons in Lonergan Thought" (Afternoon workshop).

North American Sartre Society, Purdue University, 2003: "Trapped in a paradox: Sartre's Quest for the Justification of Existence."

Boston College Graduate Philosophy Conference, 2003: "Reconciling Narrative and Systematic Ethics: Aristotle on Narrative Ethics."

The Ethics in Contemporary Life Conference, Northeastern Illinois University, 2002: "Patterns of Medicalization: A Philosophical Perspective on the Expansion of Modern Medicine."

Courses Taught

Health care/Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of the Professions
Philosophy of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Logic and Critical Thinking
Metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas
Ancient Greek Philosophy


Alfredo Mac Laughlin, PhD, Chair

Philosophy Department
Ambrose Hall 315B
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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