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
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.