"Practicing Doubt in the Pursuit of Truth" with Lisa Fullam

October 12, 2017 7 – 9 p.m.

Practicing Doubt in the Pursuit of Truth with Lisa Fullam

Lisa Fullam's interests in science and in religion led her to earn two doctorates: one in veterinary medicine at Cornell University and another in theology at Harvard University. She is associate professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In the classroom, in public lectures, and in books and articles, she explores the Catholic tradition of virtue ethics as a resource and framework for addressing perennial and contemporary ethical issues. Her research interests include medical and sexual ethics, the interface of ethics and spirituality, and Ignatian spirituality.

A sampling of essay titles illustrates the breadth and depth of her work: Toward a Virtue Ethics of Marriage: Augustine and Aquinas on Friendship in Marriage; Joan of Arc, Holy Resistance, and Conscience Formation in the Face of Social SinSex in 3-D: A Telos for a Virtue Ethics of Sexuality; Ethics in Spiritual Guidance; Bioethics and Public Policy (with William R. O'Neill, S.J.); Why Ordination Matters: A Reflection from Jamaica; and Juana, S.J.: The History (and Future?) of Women in the Society of Jesus.

Fullam is the author of The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic and has co-edited with Charles E. Curran three volumes in the Paulist Press series, Readings in Moral Theology: The Sensus Fidelium and Moral Theology, Ethics and Spirituality; and Virtue Ethics.

Presented by the  William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies 


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