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Alfredo Mac Laughlin

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Assistant Professor


Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, 316
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Dr. Mac Laughlin's Personal Website

Dr. Mac Laughlin regularly teaches general and applied ethics, specializing in health care ethics, virtue ethics and moral conversion. He also has an interest in Bernard Lonergan's philosophy of knowledge and its application to the sciences and to practical life.

Education and Training

PhD, Loyola University, Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

MA, Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Elementary, Secondary and Special Education Teacher in Philosophy
Univ. del Norte Santo Tomas de Aquino
Buenos Aires, Argentina

BA, Univ. del Norte Santo Tomas de Aquino
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

Recent Publications and Presentations

"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."