Dr. Kenneth W. Kemp

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Phone
(651) 962-5360
Mail
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

Expertise

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 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 10 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 108

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MCH 108

Course Registration Number:

21493 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 214 - 13 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 SCB 112

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

SCB 112

Course Registration Number:

20242 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 05 Honors Darwin Origin Species - T - - - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42504 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gaston E. Small, Kenneth W. Kemp

These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 214 - L35 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40278 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 214 - L36 Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41105 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 220 - 01 Logic - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40279 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenneth W. Kemp

This course provides students with skills for identifying, analyzing, and evaluating the sorts of reasoning encountered in natural language. Emphasis will be placed on attaining facility with different formal systems for representing and evaluating arguments - including propositional logic, Aristotelian syllogistic, first-order predicate calculus, - as well as on acquiring the ability to apply these systems in the analysis and evaluation of arguments in ordinary and philosophical discourse. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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