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Hittinger, John P.


Dr. John P. Hittinger
Dr. John P. HittingerCenter for Thomistic Studies

Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Hittinger is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1974). He enrolled in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America where he completed a master's thesis on "Reason and Intellect in Two Texts of Thomas Aquinas," and a doctoral dissertation on “Natural Law in Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding.” He also spent one year at the University of Dallas studying philosophy and politics.

He taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. As a civilian professor he taught military ethics and humanities at the United States Air Force Academy, where he was named the civilian of the year. While Dean of the faculty at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University in Orchard Lake, Michigan Dr Hittinger designed an innovative core curriculum based on the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Dr. Hittinger presently serves as a full professor in the department of philosophy and he is a member of the Center for Thomistic Studies.

Research and Publications
John has published four books. He wrote the introductory essay as the editor of The Vocation of the Catholic Philosopher: From Maritain to John Paul Ii. Washington, D. C.: American Maritain Association, 2010. He was a contributor and the co-editor of Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary Liberal Theory and its Critics (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994) and Reassessing the Liberal State: Reading Maritain’s Man and the State, (Catholic University of America Press, 2001). He authored Liberty, Wisdom and Grace: Thomism and Modern Democratic Theory. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Press, 2002. John has published articles and presented papers on a variety of topics including John Locke, Jacques Maritain, military ethics, liberal education, political philosophy, and the thought of John Paul II. Professor Hittinger has presented lectures , such as the Political Science Annual Lecture at St Thomas University, Frederickton, NB, Canada (2011); the keynote lecture for the Metaphysics Colloquium at St. Anselm's College, Manchester, New Hampshire (2011); the keynote lecture for the Newman Commemoration at Assumption College, Worchester, MA (2010); and the Cardinal Stafford Lectures at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Co (2009)

Teaching Areas
Philosophy of Augustine, Philosophy of Wojtyla, Philosophical issues in war and peace, Ancient philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Nature

Other Interests
Dr. Hittinger founded the Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World in 2009. See link at

Curriculum Vita