Full Time Faculty

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Tom Cavanaugh


Professor Cavanaugh's research and teaching interests concern the conjunction of philosophical and theological ethics as found in everyday life as well as in the medical and military arenas. An allied area of research and teaching concerns his interest in the Western religious tradition of thought, with a focus on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Tel: (415) 422-6456

Raymond L Dennehy


Raymond Dennehy was born in San Francisco in 1934 His areas of teaching and research interest are metaphysics, epistemology, and social ethics.

Tel: (415) 422-5067

David H. Kim

Associate Professor

David Kim's areas of research and teaching include ethics, political philosophy, philosophical psychology, phenomenology, Asian and comparative philosophy, philosophy of race, and postcolonialism. His current work focuses on embodiment, the politics of emotion, xenophobia, critiques of U.S. imperialism, and the extension of various forms of Asian thought to concepts of modernity, like rights, race, civilization, and hegemony. His recent courses include ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of emotion, comparative moral psychology, Asian philosophy, and Asian American philosophy.

Tel: (415) 422-6969

Gerard Kuperus

Assistant Professor

Gerard Kuperus main research interests are philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy as well as the history of philosophy, in particular Kant and Nineteenth Century philosophy. He is one of the co-founders of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT).

Tel: (415) 422-4369

Marjolein Oele

Associate Professor

Marjolein Oele has a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Loyola University Chicago. She has been working at USF since 2007. Her primary interests are in Ancient Philosophy (mainly Aristotle) and 20th Century Continental Philosophy. Her dissertation, inspired by Heidegger's reading of Aristotle, focused on the various meanings of pathos in Aristotle's physics, metaphysics and ethics and she is currently working on a book on the same topic.

Tel: (415) 422-5116

Jeffrey Paris

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Paris joined the USF faculty in 2001, and has taught over twenty different courses ranging from Political Philosophy, Science Fiction, and Imprisonment, to current issues in Environmental Ethics.

Tel: (415) 422-6153

David Stump


David J. Stump joined the department in 1992. His research and teaching interests focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and include the philosophy of science, logic, pragmatism and the development of analytic philosophy. He has taught in all of these areas and also an interdisciplinary course in the Honors Program in the Humanities on science and society.

Tel: 415-422-5319

Ronald Sundstrom


Ronald Robles Sundstrom is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He has published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY, 2008). He continues to work on the social and political theories of American and European figures from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the topics of civic belonging and exclusion. He was a co-winner of the 2010 University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tel: (415) 422-5323

Jacqueline Taylor


Jacqueline Taylor's research interests include Hume's moral and social philosophy, contemporary metaethics, feminist ethics, aesthetics, and moral psychology. She is the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hume (2nd edition, 2009). She teaches courses in early modern philosophy, the Enlightenment, moral psychology, philosophy of emotion, ethics, and feminist theory.

Tel: (415) 422-2386

Michael Torre

Associate Professor

Michael Torre received his PhD in 1983 and joined the Philosophy Department in 1989, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He has been a past Vice-President of the Institut Internationale Jacques Maritain, and is currently the General Editor of the American Maritain Association's series of publications. He has taught numerous courses for the Department, and has specialized in the Philosophy of Religion, and in the figures of Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, as well as Contemporary Thomists. His research interests have focused on the "interface" between reason and faith, nature and grace, and philosophy and theology, and with their common issues, such as the existence and nature of God, the relation between providence and free will or providence and evil. He has published on various aspects on the thought of Thomas Aquinas and especially on the problem of God's permission of sin. 

Tel: (415) 422-6789

Manuel Vargas

Professor of Philosophy and Law

Manuel Vargas is Professor of Philosophy and Law.

His primary research interests include moral agency, philosophical issues in the law, and Latin American philosophy. He splits his teaching between the Philosophy Department, the Honors Program in the Humanities, and the School of Law.

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