Rico Vitz, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5813
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Rico Vitz, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, the executive vice president/treasurer of The Hume Society, and a member of the executive committee of the Society of Christian Philosophers. His research focuses on issues in early modern philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion. He is the author of Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue, and Religion in Descartes’s Epistemology (Springer, 2014), co-editor of Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology (Routledge, 2018) and The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social (Oxford, 2014), and the editor of Turning East: Contemporary Philosophers and the Ancient Christian Faith (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2012). His work has appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Hume (Oxford University Press, 2016), Journal of the History of Philosophy, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Hume Studies, Faith and Philosophy, The Modern Schoolman, Journal of Philosophical Research, and Christian Bioethics.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.S., University of Utah
  • B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Philosophy

Courses Taught

  • HUM 324 – Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas
  • PHIL 220 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 320 – History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 330 – Ethics
  • PHIL 495 – Seminar in Philosophy