Kevin Jung

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

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

Kevin Jung’s work lies in areas that intersect with religious ethics, cognitive science, and philosophy. He is especially interested in the epistemology and metaphysics of morals where he brings contemporary moral philosophy into conversation with religious ethics. He is currently working on two separate research projects, one on a critical assessment of moral constructivism and the other on the problem of personal identity in the age of neurotechnology. He also has ongoing research interest in topics such as the problem of free will, the nature of human dignity, and the problem of evil. 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 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 various academic journals, including Harvard Theological Review and The Heythrop Journal. Jung is the project leader of the AAAS grant “Science for Seminaries,” funded by the Templeton Foundation.

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
  • God and the Cosmos

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.
  • (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

  • “Models of Moral Realism in Christian Ethics,” Harvard Theological Review. Vol. 108, No. 4 (2015).
  • “Moral Realism According to Lovibond and Hauerwas,” International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. Vol. 74, no. 4 (2013).
  • “Christian Ethics: A Contemporary Philosophical Account,” The Heythrop Journal. Vol. 53, No. 4 (2012).
  • “Christian Ethics,” Springer Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2013.
  • “Fallibility and Fragility: A Reflection on Justice and Mercy,” Doing Justice to Mercy: Interdisciplinary Essays on Law, Religion, Criminal Justice, University of Virginia Press, 2007.
  • “Common Morality, Premoral Goods, and Religion,” Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics, Fortress Press, 2006.
  • Review of Lying and Christian Ethics by Christopher O. Tollefsen. New York: Cambridge University Press. Notre Dame Philosophical Review (January 2015)
  • Review of The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice by Timothy P. Jackson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. Journal of Religion. Vol. 85, No. 2 (April 2005).

Select Academic Lectures

  • “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.
  • “Ethical Intuitionism and Moral Supervenience,” Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), January 2011.
  • “Which Realism? Does It Matter to Christian Ethics?” Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP), March 2010.
  • “Moral Limits to Social Practice” Lilly Theological Seminar, Pittsburgh, February 2009.
  • “Questioning the Pragmatic Turn in Religious Ethics,” Society of Christian Ethics, January 2009.

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)