John McHugh works on the history of western philosophy, especially the early modern period. He received his doctorate from Boston University and his bachelor's from Providence College. His dissertation was on Adam Smith's response to David Hume's moral theory.
“Adam Smith’s Sentimentalist Account of Reason’s Ability to Motivate.” Given at annual meeting of the “Ohio Philosophical Association,” held at Cleveland State University (March 2012)
“Hutcheson, Hume, and Smith on Sympathy: from Self-concern to Self-centeredness.” Given at conference, "From Sympathy to Empathy: Hume and Beyond," hosted by the “Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy” at the Princeton Theological Seminary (March 2012)
“Relaxing a Tension in Adam Smith’s Account of Sympathy,” Journal of Scottish Philosophy 9.2 (Fall 2011)