Annual Ethics Lecture

Timothy J. Golden, Ph.D.

"Let Us Make God: Onto-Theology and the Political"

4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Driscoll Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming Timothy J. Golden to Villanova for the fall 2014 Ethics Lecture. Dr. Golden is associate professor of Philosophy and director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, and a J.D. from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review. In philosophy, his areas of specialization are nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy, philosophy of religion/philosophical theology, and African-American philosophy/critical race theory. He is the author of And the Word Was Made Flesh: Frederick Douglass and the Philosophy of Religion (Lexington Books, Under Contract) and Subjectivity, Transcendence, and the Problem of Onto-Theology (Palgrave Macmillan, Under Contract). He is the editor of both Racism and Resistance: Essays on Derrick Bell (SUNY Press, Under Contract) and Solidarity, Striving, and Struggle: The Moral, Political, and Religious Thought of Frederick Douglass (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Under Contract). He has also authored a book chapter entitled “Two Forms of Transcendence: Justice and the Problem of Knowledge” in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics (Lexington Books, 2012). His journal essays include “Epistemic Addiction: Reading 'Sonny’s Blues' with Levinas, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche” in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2012) and “From Epistemology to Ethics: Theoretical and Practical Reason in Kant and Douglass” in the Journal of Religious Ethics (2012).

He has practiced law in Philadelphia, both as a public defender and also as a sole practitioner, concentrating primarily on criminal defense (both trial and appellate) and civil litigation. He has litigated several cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He currently practices law as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where he represents indigent criminal defendants who appeal their convictions and sentences. His legal academic interests include individual rights (constitutional criminal procedure, the right of privacy, and religious liberty) and federalism.

Past Lecturers

William F. May (2012)

"The Bearing of Religion on Fears and Appetites in American Politics"

William F. May is a senior fellow at the Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia and Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics Emeritus, Southern Methodist University.

He received his Ph.D. from Yale and taught for many years at Southern Methodist University, where he was the founding director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. A former president of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, he has written several books on medical and political ethics.

Darlene Fozard Weaver (2013)

"Goodness and Holiness: On Spirituality and Ethics"

Darlene Fozard Weaver currently leads Duquesne University's Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. An ecumenically trained moral theologian, she specializes in moral anthropology and ethical theory.

She is the author of Self Love and Christian Ethics(Cambridge University Press, 2002) and The Acting Person and Christian Moral Life (Georgetown University Press, 2011). She is editor of and contributor to The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition (Springer/Kluwer, co-edited with Sarah-Vaughan Brakman).

Weaver has published essays in scholarly journals and in a number of edited collections, including the Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, as well as journals of opinion such as Commonweal. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics and Conversations in Religion and Theology. Her work has been supported by the Louisville Institute, the Center of Theological Inquiry, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

A recording of her lecture can be found here.