Kevin Jung

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Kevin Jung’s work lies in areas that intersect with religious ethics and moral philosophy. He is especially interested in moral epistemology, moral ontology, and action theory where he brings contemporary moral philosophy into conversation with religious ethics. He is currently working on various philosophical and theological problems (e.g., weakness of the will, self-deception, volitional necessity, and free will) related to the will. Jung is the author of Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality: An Intuitionist Account (Routledge, 2014) and Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics (Peter Lang, 2011), and is the editor of Religious Ethics and Constructivism: A Metaethical Inquiry (Routledge, forthcoming) and the coeditor of Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics (Fortress Press, 2006). His articles have also appeared in major academic journals.

Education

BA, Seoul Theological University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; STM, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Chicago

Religious Affiliation

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Courses Taught

  • History of Theological Ethics
  • Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Neuroethics
  • Religion and Public Reason
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Classics of Modern Theological Ethics

Books

  • Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics: A Metaethical Study of H. Richard Niebuhr and Emmanuel Levinas. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • (Editor) Religious Ethics and Constructivism. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • (Co-editor) Doing Justice to Mercy: Interdisciplinary Essays on Law, Religion, and Criminal Justice. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.
  • (Co-editor) Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.
  • (Co-translator) John Witte, Jr. From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Religion, and Law in the Western Tradition. Seoul: Christian Literature Society of Korea, 2006.
  • (Translator) Gene Outka, Agape: An Ethical Analysis. Seoul: Christian Literature Society of Korea, 1999.

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  • “Normativity in Comparative Religious Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics. Vol. 45, No. 4, 2017.
  • “Desire and Will,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics. (forthcoming)
  • “Volitional Necessity and Practical Identity.” In Responsibility and Enhancing Life. Heike
    Springhart and Guenter Thomas (Ed.) Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2017.
  • “Models of Moral Realism in Christian Ethics,” Harvard Theological Review. Vol. 108, No. 4 (2015).
  • Review of Lying and Christian Ethics by Christopher O. Tollefsen. New York: Cambridge University Press. Notre Dame Philosophical Review (January 2015).

Select Academic Lectures

  • “Radical Evil and Self-Deception,” Societas Ethica, 2017.
  • “Normativity in Comparative Religious Ethics,” American Academy of Religion, 2015.
  • “The Orpheus Effect: An Account of Free Will,” Davidson College, April 16, 2015.
  • “Am I My Brain?: Neuroscience and Personal Identity,” University of Chicago Alumni Club of North Carolina, March 2015.
  • “How To Be a Moral Realist: The Primacy of Perception Over Conception,” University of Chicago Divinity School, November 16, 2012.
  • “Explaining Moral Values in a Physical World,” Engineering Human Nature and the Future of Human Values Conference, Wake Forest University, March 29, 2012.

Select Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2016 (Project Leader), “Science at the Forefront of Theological Education,” Science for Seminaries Grant, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and funded by Templeton Foundation.
  • 2008-2009, Lilly Theological Scholars Grant, Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
  • 2004-2005, Spruill Fellowship, Emory University School of Law.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Christian Ethics (SCE)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Contact

Email: jungk@nullwfu.edu

Phone: 336.758.3534

Office: Wingate 218

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