Campion Lecture 2019: James Keenan, SJ on "Exploring Vulnerability: Theological Ethics Today"

On Thursday 14 November at 5.30pm, Campion Hall will be pleased to welcome Fr James Keenan, SJ for the 2019 Campion Lecture.

Keenan is currently the Canisius Chair in the Theology Faculty at Boston College in the United States, where he also directs the Jesuit Institute. Keenan is a noted moral theologian and ethicist and he recently received the John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished theological achievement. As the founder of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC), he chaired the international conferences in Padua (2006), Trento (2010) and Sarajevo (2018). Recently he wrote University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics and has just finished editing two books, Building Bridges in Sarajevo: The Plenary Papers of Sarajevo 2018 and Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics. He is currently writing another book, A Brief History of Catholic Ethics.

Keenan's lecture is entitled "Exploring Vulnerability: Theological Ethics Today" and he offers the following brief abstract: 

Over the past fifteen years Catholic Ethicists like Enda McDonagh, Vincent LeClerq, and Linda Hogan have advanced an ethics of vulnerability. I propose further explorations of vulnerability by looking at a variety of writers to see why the contemporary turn to vulnerability is so theologically compelling. I conclude with three examples of how vulnerability could change our way of doing theological ethics today, in discussions about the virtues, our bishops, and sexual ethics.

The Campion Lecture will take place in the Pichette Auditorium at Pembroke College (OX11DW).  Lecture followed by Q&A. All are welcome to attend.

Please email sarah.gray@campion.ox.ac.uk with any queries.