Jean Porter

Jean Porter

Endowed Professor
John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


May 1984:    Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies (with a specialization in ethics), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Dissertation:  The Concept of Rational Agency in the Thought of Aristotle and  Thomas Aquinas (unpublished)

 1981:          M.A., Department of Religious Studies Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

1980:           M.Div. (with distinction), Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

 1976:          B.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude), The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Recent Publications

Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010, xvi + 368)  Winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award, 2011

Publications in Press
Altruism, Evolution, and Aristotelian Flourishing: An Unexpected Convergence,” Evolution, Games and God: The Principle of Cooperation, Sarah Coakley and Martin A. Novak, editors (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press), Fall 2011

“Happiness,” Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae, Denys Turner and Philip McCosker, editors (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), Fall 2011

“Natural Law,” The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, David Fergusson, et al editors  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), Fall 2011

“Virtues and Vices,” The Oxford Handbook to Thomas Aquinas, Brian Davies and Eleanor Stump, editors (Oxford: Oxford University Press) Spring 2011


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