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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Moral Theology and Christian Ethics

Paradise, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530 (detail).

After taking a broad look at various ethical theories throughout history, the DSPT concentration emphasizes the Christian tradition of virtue ethics, as rooted in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Faculty expertise also allows for comparative and interdisciplinary study, such as in Christian and Islamic ethics.

The MA Theology with a concentration in Moral theology focuses on the key elements of the human response to Christian revelation. It is studied in conversation with Scripture and tradition, other religious traditions, such as Judaism and Islam, as well as with other disciplines such as philosophy, politics, law, and medicine.

Students may focus their research on methodological questions (for example, the nature of human action, virtue, happiness) or on a particular area (for example, social, political, environmental, comparative, biomedical, sexual or familial ethics). Any specialization in moral theology at DSPT imparts an overall understanding of the Catholic moral tradition, particularly the tradition of the virtues stemming from Aquinas, including its sources, historical development, and contemporary expressions and debates.

Core Courses and Faculty

Fundamental Moral Theology (CE-2045), Ed Krasevac, OP
Roman Catholic Sexual Ethics (CE-2003), Marianne Farina, CSC
Catholic Social Teaching (CE-3050), Marianne Farina, CSC
Roman Catholic Biomedical Ethics (CE-2518), Marianne Farina, CSC

Refer to the GTU Course Schedule and UC Berkeley Course Catalog for course descriptions and date, time and location information.

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