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Jessy Jordan, Ph.D.

Jessy Jordan


Department of Philosophy

Bradley Hall
Room 302

+ (301) 447-4839

Jessy Jordan, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in philosophy from Baylor University in 2008, completing a dissertation entitled Iris Murdoch's Genealogy of the Modern Self. His areas of specialization are virtue ethics, natural normativity, and metaethics.

In addition to teaching courses in the Mount’s core curriculum, he has taught a range of electives, including Good and Evil, Aristotle After Kant, and Metaethics. His scholarly work is currently focused on defending Neo-Aristotelian natural normativity from its detractors. When not doing philosophy or playing with his three children, he is most likely taking big falls on 5.12s.

Ph.D., Baylor University (2008)
M.Div., Truett Seminary (2003)
B.A., Grand Canyon University (2000)

Virtue Ethics, Natural Normativity, Metaethics.

Scholarly Articles

“On the Transcendental Structure of Iris Murdoch’s Philosophical Method,” European Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming, 2021).

“Have Neo-Aristotelians Abandoned Naturalism? On the Distinctively Human Form of Practical Reason,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 54, Issue 2 (June 2020): 183-201.

“Natural Normativity and the Authority-of-Nature Challenge,” International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 59, Issue 233 (March 2019): 23-36.

“Philippa Foot’s So-called Achilles’ Heel: On the Distinctiveness of Her Grammatical Naturalism,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 91, Issue 2, (Spring 2017): 251-271.

“Ethical Naturalism and the Justification of Claims about Human Form,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review. Vol. 55, No. 3 (2016): 467-492.

“Reconsidering Iris Murdoch’s Moral Realism,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 48, Issue 3, (Sep. 2014): 371-385.

“Thick Ethical Concepts in the Philosophy and Literature of Iris Murdoch,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 51, Issue 3 (Sep. 2013): 402-417.

“The Ghost of Prometheus: A Critical Response to Nicholas C. Carr’s The Shallows,” Southwest Philosophy Review. Vol. 28, Number 1 (Jan. 2012): 93-101.

“The Indispensability of Tradition in the Philosophical Activity of Socrates.” Proceedings of the ACPA, Vol. 84 (2010): 223-237.

Book Reviews

“Review: Exemplarist Moral Theory by Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski,” The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 71, Issue 2, (Dec. 2017): 399-401.

“Review: A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch by Maria Antonaccio,” The Iris Murdoch Review, Vol. 1, No. 3 (2013).

“Review: Moral Emotions and Intuitions by Sabine Roeser,” Journal of Moral Philosophy. Vol. 10, Issue 2 (2013): 1-4.

Encyclopedia Entries

Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, “Boethius.” Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012.

Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, “Joachim of Fiore.” Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012.