Joseph P. Healey, Ph.L.

Joseph P. Healey, Ph.L.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Faculty Center 33
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Ph.L. Saint Paul’s University, Philosophy (Juridical equivalent Ph.D. in Canon Law)
M.A. Ottawa University, Philosophy (largest department in the world, French Oblates)
B.A. Stonehill College, Philosophy (Holy Cross Fathers; Easton, MA)

Certificate: The United States Military War College


Dr. Healey has been the chair of the Philosophy Department for six terms, as well as the department's web content manager. He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes at Immaculata, and he wrote the Introduction to Liberal Arts module for Immaculata's accelerated degree-completion program.

Dr. Healey has also taught various courses at Neumann College, and he served as a full-time professor at Ottawa University in Ontario, teaching metaphysics, epistemology, classical logic, and philosophy of science and knowledge. He chaired the English Department at Central High School in New York, teaching all four grades and preparing students for the state regency exam. He was a substitute teacher for Latin, English, and mathematics courses at Boston Latin School and other area schools, and he served as a coach for a on-act play competition.

An active volunteer, Dr. Healey has taught Bible School to children of migrant workers, recorded a contemporary version of Stations of the Cross for the IHM community, participated in various projects to support Sisters in Sudan, and worked with student orphans at Colegio Mindo Ecuador. He has also organized campus events and advised several student clubs and organizations. He founded the Outsiders Club for outdoor adventurers and the Debate Team, which became the state champion out of 72 schools. He organized many public debates among students, including a Republican vs. Democrat debate before the 2012 presidential election. He is the co-founder and moderator of the African-American Cultural Society, which includes gospel singers and praise dancers. He has organized an annual Celtic show on St. Patrick's Day, featuring faculty and student performers. He has produced and performed in the variety show for more than 30 years. He moderates the International Students Club and the Environmental Club, with its focus on Perkiomen Watershed Conservation. He is the advisor of both the Tau Phi sorority, a charitable organization, and of the Philosophy Club, with which he organized the first Immaculata Quidditch match.

Courses Taught: 
  • Aesthetics
  • American Philosophy
  • Business Ethics
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • General Ethics
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Honors Philosophy
  • The Integrating Colloquium
  • Introduction to the Liberal Arts
  • Liberal Arts through Special Topics: Young Women in the 21st Century
  • Logic
  • Logic and Knowledge
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy in History
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophical Studies (graduate-level)
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Areas of Specialization:

  • Scholastic: metaphysics, epistemology, Aquinas
  • Contemporary: Ortega, existentialism
  • Logic: Aristotelian, contemporary quantification

Areas of Competency:

  • Ethics: energy and the environment
  • Medieval philosophy
  • Philosophy of literature

Meaning in the New Millennium, Boston: Pearson, 2002
Faculty Manual for Facilitating "Introduction to the Liberal Arts," 1997, 2006
Student Manual for "Introduction to the Liberal Arts," 1997, 2006
The Lectures of William E. Carlo, 2013


"On the Place of Music Therapy Among the Knowledges," American Association of Music Therapy Convention

"On the Future and Philosophy of Immaculata," Immaculata community

"On Faith and Reason," Paoli Presbyterian Church

Moderator for the Jesuit panel at the 200th Anniversary of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia


Delegate for The New York Times 2012 and 2013 Conferences, "Energy for Tomorrow" ($3,000 in grants)

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