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Joseph P. Healey, Ph.L.

Joseph P. Healey, Ph.L.

Title: Faculty Emerita/Chair

Department: Theology and Philosophy

Office: Faculty Center 33

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3483

Education:Ph.L. Saint Paul’s University, Philosophy (Juridical equivalent Ph.D. in Canon Law)
M.A. Ottawa University, Philosophy (French Oblates)
B.A. Stonehill College, Philosophy (Holy Cross Fathers; Easton, MA)
Certificate: The United States Military War College


Prof. Healey has been the chair of Immaculata’s 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.

Prof. 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 one-act play competition.

Courses Taught: 

  • Business Ethics
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Environmental 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 and Knowledge
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophical Studies (graduate-level)

Research Interests: 

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


The Last Lectures of William E. Carlo, Second Edition 2015
The Lectures of William E. Carlo, 2013
Faculty Manual for Facilitating “Introduction to the Liberal Arts,” 1997, 2006
Student Manual for “Introduction to the Liberal Arts,” 1997, 2006
Meaning in the New Millennium, Boston: Pearson, 2002


“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)

Professional Memberships: 

American Catholic Philosophical Association

Canadian Association for University Professors

American Association for University Professors


Neumann College Student Government Association Award for Dedication and Commitment to Neumann College and SGA Activities

Coach of state championship-winning Energy Debate Team

Advisor to Club of the Year, 2014


The Metaphysical and Epistemological Foundations of the Political Philosophy of Jose Ortega y Gasset, 1968, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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