John Hittinger

Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy


  • PhD, Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
  • MA, Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame


Courses Taught

Courses taught include Philosophy of War and Peace, Natural Law, the Political Philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas, American Political Thought, the Thought of Pascal, the Philosophy of Karol Wojtyla, the philosophy of Augustine, the thought of Aquinas, as well as ethics, metaphysics and ancient, medieval and modern philosophy.

Teaching Focus

His research interests include Political Philosophy, philosophies of war and peace, the philosophy of John Locke, the relationship of faith and reason, and 20th century Thomism, especially Jacques Maritain.



The Vocation of the Catholic Philosopher: from Maritain to Wojtyla, Washington, D.C. American Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2011

Liberty, Wisdom and Grace: Thomism and Modern Democratic Theory. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Press, 2002.

Reassessing the Liberal State: Reading Maritain’s Man and the State, edited by Timothy Fuller and John P. Hittinger. Washington, D.C. Catholic University of America Press, 2001.

Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary Liberal Theory and its Critics, edited by John P. Hittinger and Christopher Wolfe. New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1994.

In addition, Dr. Hittinger has numerous Reviews, Chapters, and Articles published.

Awards and Honors

Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs, University of St Andrews, Scotland (2001), Civilian Faculty of the Year, US Air Force Academy (1996), Research Associate, University of Notre Dame (1990-1992), Faculty Achievement of Distinction, College of St. Francis (1989, 1992)

Additional Information

JOHN P. HITTINGER is the founder and director of the Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World ( he is on the faculty of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St Thomas, Houston and he is a corresponding member of Pontifical Academy of St Thomas (founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1879). He has held faculty positions at  Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, the College of St Francis in Joliet, Illinois; the United States Air Force Academy, St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University in Orchard Lake, Michigan, and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit Michigan. He serves on the board of the Review of Metaphysics. He gave lectures for the college program at Focus on the Family and served on an advisory committee for Dr. Dobson.

Dr Hittinger served as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at The University of St. Thomas, Houston, Tx 2006-2008; Provost and Dean of Faculty at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University, Orchard Lake, MI 2001-2003; and Chair, Philosophy and Theology Department College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois 1988-1992.

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