James Keenan

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Chestnut Hill, MA United States

Boston College


Academic Position:
Professor of Theological Ethics

Prior Education Background:
Gregorian University, Rome 1988 S.T.D, 1984 S.T.L. Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA., 1982 M.Div. Fordham University, Bronx 1976 B.A.

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Recent Publications:
Books: A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences (New York: Continuum, 2010); The Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010); With Daniel Harrington Paul and Virtue Ethics (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010); Catholic Theological Ethics, Past, Present, and Future: The Trento Conference (Orbis, 2011); Recent essays: Catholic Conscience Awakening: The Evolution of Our Contemporary Dependence on Conscience, Stephan Goertz / Rudolf B. Hein / Katharina Klöcker (Eds.), Fluchtpunkt Fundamentalismus. Gegenwartsdiagnosen katholischer Moral, (Freiburg i.Br.: Herder, 2013) 305-325. “Vatican II and Theological Ethics,” Theological Studies 74 (2013) 162-190. “Developing HIV/AIDS Discourse in Africa and Advancing the Argument for Universal Health Care” Paterne Mombe, Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, Danielle Vela, ed. AIDS: Thirty Years Down the Line: Faith Based Reflections about the Epidemic in Africa (Nairobi: Paulines, 2013) 63-82. “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Today,” Shaji George Kochuthara, ed., Moral Theology in India Today. (Bangalore: Dharmaram, 2013) 122-146. “A Summons to Promote Professional Ethics in the Academy,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 33, 1 (2013): 169–184 “The Decalogue and the Moral Manual Tradition: From Trent to Vatican II,” Dominik Markl, ed., The Decalogue and its Cultural Influence (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2013) 214-229.

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
Founder, Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, 2003- Co-Chair, Planning Committee, Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, 2003- Editorial Board, Asian Horizons 2011- Director, Presidential Scholars Program, Boston College, 2010- Board Member, Catholic Theological Society of America, 2012-2014

Research Interests:

  • Fundamental moral theology
  • Medical ethics
  • History of theological ethics
  • Virtue ethics
  • Globalization
  • Public health

Past Events:

  • Berlin 2013
  • Bangalore 2012
  • Nairobi 2012
  • Trent 2010
  • Manila 2008
  • Padua 2006

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