Dr John P.
Hittinger is a Professor of Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major
Seminary in Detroit MI. John went to the University of Notre
Dame; majoring in philosophy he graduated in May 1974. He
attended the Catholic University of America graduate program
in philosophy earning an MA and PhD in Philosophy. In 1978
he accepted a faculty position at Benedictine College in Atchison,
Kansas. In 1985, Dr. Hittinger accepted a position at the
College of St Francis in Joliet, Illinois; he served as chairman
of the philosophy and theology department from 1987-1991.
In 1994, John accepted a position as the first civilian professor
in the philosophy department at the United States Air Force
Academy. He held rank of full professor and was awarded civilian
of the year honor for 1996-1997. In 2001 he was appointed
Academic Dean and Provost at St Mary's College of Ave Maria
University, Orchard Lake Michigan. He spearheaded an effort
to redesign the curriculum in line with Ex corde ecclesiae
and Fides et ratio. When the loss of financial support
led to the closing of St Mary’s College, John accepted a position
at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
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. He
has published a book entitled “Liberty, Wisdom and Grace:
Thomism and Modern Democratic Theory” on Lexington Press.
He has been active in the American Maritain Association, the
American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Joint Services
Conference on Professional Ethics. He is involved with online
education, the Catholic Distance University, as well as the
International Catholic University website at
http://icu.catholicity.com/ where he has two courses on
line, Modern Philosophy and Political Philosophy.
John is married
to Molly Mulqueen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; he is the father
of four children -- Jack (1986) Ellie (1988) James (1990)
and Joseph (1994).