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John Hittinger

Sacred Heart Major Seminary





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).