This field of concentration attends to the many ethical dimensions in religions, with particular interest in the formation of subjects by textual traditions, communities of exemplary instruction, social or political structures, and rituals or bodily disciplines. Faculty who teach in the area study ethics across diverse periods, regions, and traditions. Students are expected to concentrate on specific topics and theories while keeping in view cross-cultural or comparative contexts.

General Examinations

Four General Examinations are required for the Ph.D. in ethics, three for the Th.D.

  1. Theory and Methods (elective for Th.D. students)
    The student will compose the list for this examination by adapting the general doctoral guidelines to ethics.
  2. Context of Study
    For this examination, the student will consider the ethical dimensions of a particular religious tradition or a specific historical complex that will serve as context for more specialized study.
  3. Religious Ethics
    The student will use this examination to become conversant in religious ethics considered as a field. The list for this examination should include important arguments, analyses, and terminologies from the academic study of religious ethics.
  4. Special Topic
    For this examination, the student will engage the primary sources and best scholarship related to the inquiry or project that will become the dissertation.

The bibliography for each examination is to be composed in consultation with the faculty who will be conducting it under the general direction of the student’s advisor.

Recent and current dissertation topics include:

  • Law, Equity, and Calvin’s Moral Critique of Protestant Faith
  • For the Common Moral Benefit: Thinking Through the conditions Necessary to Secure the Moral Priority and Fixity of Individual Rights