The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Faculty

Dr. Kenneth Kemp

Dr. Kenneth Kemp

Dr. Kenneth W. Kemp

Associate Professor of Philosophy

kwkemp@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5360

Office Location: JRC 217


Courses taught in Spring 2014
PHIL 115-19
20465
Philosophy of Human Person 0800-0940 T R MHC 202

4 Credit Hours

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

PHIL 214-17
20467
Introductory Ethics 0955-1135 T R MHC 203

4 Credit Hours

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.

PHIL 214-19
20524
Introductory Ethics 1330-1510 T R JRC 247

4 Credit Hours

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.

Academic History

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

Expertise

Ethics
History & Philosophy of Science

Selected Publications

Translation (with Zuzanna Maslanka) of Józef Zycinski, God & Evolution (forthcoming from 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.