Dr. Kenneth W. Kemp

Associate Professor of Philosophy
(651) 962-5360
JRC 217

Academic History

B.S.Lang., Russian Language, Georgetown University, 1973
M.A., Slavic Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 1975
M.A., Liberal Education, St. John's College, Annapolis, 1980
M.A., History & Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame, 1983
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1984


Ethics History 
Philosophy of Science
Moral Philosophy (including Just-War Theory)
The Relation between Science & Religion

Selected Publications

"Thomistic Thoughts on the Place of God and Religion in Philosophy and at Universities,"Філософська думка. Sententiae. Теологія і філософія релігії. Спецвипуск ІІ (2011): 157-169.

"Science, Theology, and Monogenesis." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2011): 2: 217-236.

Translation (with Zuzanna Maslanka) of Józef Zycinski, God & Evolution, Catholic University of America Press, 2006.

“Scientific Method & Appeal to Supernatural Agency: A Christian Case for Modest Methodological Naturalism.” Logos 3 (2000) : 2: 165-205.

“Faith as a Virtue in Theology, Philosopy, & Natural Science.” Faith & Philosophy  15 (1998): 4: 462-477.

“Punishment as Just Cause of War.” Public Affairs Quarterly 10 (1996): 4: 335-354.

Review article on John Boswell’s Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, with Robert Kennedy. In Greek Orthodox Theological Review 41 (1996): 1: 57–80.

“The Possibility of Conflict Between Science & Christian Theology,” in Jitse M. van der Meer, ed., Facets of Faith & Science (University Press of America, 1996), pp. 247–266.

“Personal Pacifism.” Theological Studies 56: 1 (1995): 21–38.

“Speaking Falsely & Telling Lies,” with Thomas Sullivan. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 67 (1993): 151-170.

“Conscientious Objection,” Public Affairs Quarterly  7 (1993): 4: 303-324.

Selected Presentations

"What is Academic Freedom?” A presentation at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture conference “Joy in the Truth,” 30 September 2005

“Marriage, Same-Sex Relationships and Legal Recognition.” A lecture at the Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland, October, 2004. 

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 200 - 01 Ancient Philosophy M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 203
CRN: 20271 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kenneth W. Kemp A survey of the roots of philosophical inquiry in the classical period. The pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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PHIL 214 - 21 Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 201
CRN: 20461 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kenneth W. Kemp An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

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