David A. Clairmont

David A. Clairmont

Associate Professor
Director of Master of Theological Studies
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


B.B.A. [Accounting and Theology], 1996, University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. [Religious Ethics], 2005, University of Chicago Divinity School

Research and Teaching Interests

Clairmont studies comparative religious ethics, particularly the moral thought of Roman Catholicism and Theravada Buddhism, and issues of method in Catholic moral theology. He is interested in questions of moral formation, inter-cultural dialogue in the Church, and the importance of inter-religious dialogue for the future of Catholic moral theology. He is co-editor (with Don S. Browning) of American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope with Modernization (Columbia University Press, 2007) and author of Moral Struggle and Religious Ethics: On the Person as Classic in Comparative Theological Contexts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).  His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  He is currently working on two books: first, an analysis of the shape and contemporary relevance of Bonaventure’s moral theology tentatively titled Bonaventure’s Hope; and second, an introduction to comparative religious ethics (with William Schweiker) tentatively titled Religious Ethics: Meaning and Method.

Recent Publications

 “Between Inculturation and Natural Law: Comparative Method in Catholic Moral Theology” (w/ David M. Lantigua), Journal of Moral Theology 2.2, 2013, 60-88.

 “Medieval Consideration and Moral Pace: Thomas Aquinas and Bernard of Clairvaux on the Temporal Aspects of Virtue,” Journal of Religious Ethics 41.1, March 2013, 79-12.


MTS Office:

121 Malloy Hall



Faculty Office:

435 Malloy Hall


Email: Clairmont.1@nd.edu