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May 16, 2016 - Dr. Bernard Prusak, associate professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College, has had his book titled "Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory: An Introduction” published in March by Paulist Press. 

“Prusak’s book introduces the reader to the richness of Catholic moral philosophy in a thoughtful, accessible, and intellectually creative way,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President and Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. “It is badly needed at a time when public debate so often degenerates into empty slogans, and many—even many Catholics— have lost touch with a great moral tradition grounded in the Gospel and shaped by centuries of thought.”

The book is an introduction to the living tradition of Catholic moral philosophy. In accord with Pope Francis’s injunction to seek to initiate processes rather than dominate spaces, the book invites the reader to reflect on select real-world controversies as a way into the practice and theory of moral philosophy. 

Topics include what distinguishes Catholic moral philosophy; how Catholics ought to argue about abortion; double-effect reasoning and the principle of lesser evil; Thomas Aquinas on self-defense; the evolution and state of the art of just war theory; the ethics of eating meat; the moral limits of markets; and conceptions of conscience, natural law theory, virtue ethics, and modern moral philosophy.

Prusak was recently granted tenure at King’s. His book “Parental Obligations and Bioethics: The Duties of a Creator” was published by Routledge Press in 2013. He earned a doctorate at Boston University and bachelor’s degree at Williams College. He also studied at Exeter College, Oxford University.  

Dr. Bernard Prusak