Jean Porter

Jean Porter

John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology

Primary Field of Study: Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D. Yale University 

Research and Training Interests

Aquinas' virtue theory, theories of life

Selected Publications

The Perfection of Desire: Habit, Reason, and Virtue in Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae. Marquette: Marquette University Press, 2018, 157.

"Justice as a Virtue: A Thomistic Perspective." Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016, xiii + 286.

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

Nature as Reason: A Thomistic Theory of the Natural Law. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005, xii + 416 pp..

Natural and Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics. Ontario: Novalis Press and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999, 340 pp..


Jean Porter is the author of numerous articles and six books on the history of the Christian moral tradition and its contemporary relevance. She has a particular interest in the moral theology of Aquinas and his scholastic predecessors and contemporaries.



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