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Matthew R. Petrusek - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Matthew R. Petrusek Matthew R. Petrusek

Associate Professor of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Dr. Petrusek’s interests and specializations include meta ethics, the intersection of philosophical and theological ethics, Christian ethics, ethics and political theory, natural law, virtue theory, distributive justice, and human dignity. He has published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy and Theology, and has served as an on-air analyst for Noticias MundoFox and CNN Español.

Education (3)

University of Chicago Divinity School: Ph.D., Religion and Ethics 2013

Yale University: M.A., Religious Ethics 2005

Washington and Lee University: B.A., Medieval and Ren. Studies 2002


Areas of Expertise (10)

Meta Ethics Philosophical and Theological Ethics Christian Ethics Ethics and Political Theory Natural Law Virtue Theory Human Rights Distributive Justice Domestic and International Poverty Globallization

Industry Expertise (3)

Religious Institutions Research Education/Learning

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Spanish

Articles (4)

The Image of God and Moral Action: Challenging the Practicality of the Imago Dei Studies in Christian Ethics


Making the Fundamental Option Fully Free: How Human Capabilities Help Clarify Karl Rahner’s Conception of Justice Philosophy and Theology


Human Capacities and the Problem of Universally Equal Dignity: Two Philosophical Test Cases and a Theistic Response Journal of Moral Theology


The Relevance of Karl Rahner’s View of Dignity for the Catholic Social Thought Tradition Philosophy and Theology