Ethics attends to complex questions of how one should live and what kind of person one ought to be, both individually and in community.  Whatever tradition, geographic complex, or historical time period considered, ethics examines the nature of human flourishing in religious texts, lives, and communities, and seeks to understand processes of moral formation through reading, exemplary instruction, social and political structures, and rituals and other practices of bodily discipline.

Recent dissertations:      

  •  “Ethics and Religion in a Classic of Sanskrit Drama:  Harṣa’s Nāgānanda
  • Law, Equity, and Calvin’s Moral Critique of Protestant  Faith” 
  • “Fragile Virtue:  Interpreting Women’s Monastic Practice in  Early Medieval India”   
  • For the Common Moral Benefit: Thinking Through the Conditions Necessary to Secure the Moral Priority and Fixity of Individual Rights

Affiliated Faculty


Mark D. Jordan

Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Christian Thought
Arthur Kleinman

Arthur Kleinman

Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine,
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School