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Professor Maureen Junker-Kenny Professor Maureen Junker-Kenny

Professor in Theology

t: +353 1 896 1044/896 1297

Academic Degrees / Qualifications

Staatsexamen (Tübingen), M.A., Dr. Theol. (Mün), Habil. (Tübingen), F.T.C.D.


Maureen Junker-Kenny did M.A.s (Staatsexamen) in English, Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the universities of Tübingen and Münster. She completed a Ph.D. on F. Schleiermacher’s Christology and theory of religion at the university of Münster and her Habilitation on J. Habermas’s discourse ethics in Tübingen where she was a lecturer before coming to Trinity College Dublin in 1993. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

Research Interests

Foundations and applications of ethics: social and political ethics, biomedical ethics, ethics of memory, religion and concepts of public reason and the public sphere, philosophical and theological theories of action, discourse ethics, P. Ricoeur, F. Schleiermacher, conditions of religion in modernity, theology at the university.

Departmental and School Responsibilities


Maureen Junker-Kenny is Head of Department (2013-2016; 2016-2019)

Head of Junior Sophister Year


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching

JF “Religious” or “Secular”? Christian Ethics in Pluralist Societies
JF Key Themes in Theology
JF Religion in Public: Great Speeches (co-taught)
SF/JS Christianity and Society
SF/JS Contemporary Ethical Issues
SF/JS Ethics, Philosophical and Theological
SF/JS Approaches to Theological Ethics
SF/JS Christology (with Prof. D. Pevarello)
SS Justice and Mercy as Attributes of God


Postgraduate Teaching

Masters in Theology: Module Christology (with Prof. D. Pevarello)

Masters in Disability Studies (MSc), cooperation in Module: Disability Policies, Law and Ethics

Postgraduate Seminar Theology

Recent Publications


Religion and Public Reason. A Comparison of the Positions of John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas and Paul Ricoeur (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2014), paperback edition 2016, translation into Arabic (Beirut: Jadawel) forthcoming. Review of Religions and Public Reason.

Habermas and Theology (London/New York: T & T Clark/Continuum, 2011) (Series: Philosophy and Theology).

Read reviews of Habermas and Theology


Ethics for Graduates Book Cover

Cathriona Russell & Linda Hogan & Maureen Junker-Kenny (eds.), Ethics for Graduate Researchers: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Oxford: Elsevier, 2013)


Book chapters and journal articles

‘Religion as a theme in the work of Jürgen Habermas’, in Ph. Goodchild/H. Phelps (eds), Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to Today (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2017)

‚Friedrich Schleiermacher und Søren Kierkegaard in der Sicht „nachmetaphysischen Denkens“‘, in K. Viertbauer (ed.), Habermas und die Religion (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, forthcoming 2017)

‚Drei Modelle von Religion: Glaubensgewissheit (Habermas), unmittelbares Selbstbewusstsein (Schleiermacher) und praktische Hoffnung (Kant und Ricoeur)‘, in V. Hoffmann, Religiösen Zweifel denken (Ostfildern: M. Grünewald Verlag, forthcoming 2017)

‘Reconceiving theology at the university after the modern turn to subjectivity:
Schleiermacher’s proposal 200 years after its first publication’, in J. O’Grady/J. L. Fernando/C. Higgins (eds), Mining Truths. Festschrift Geraldine Smyth (St. Ottilien: EOS, 2015), 515-36.

‚Gedächtnis als optimierbarer Speicher oder als Reservoir unter dem Anspruch gerechter Erinnerung?‘ in R. Ammicht-Quinn/Th. Potthast (eds), Ethik in den Wissenschaften. 1 Konzept, 25 Jahre, 50 Perspektiven (Tübingen: IZEW, 2015), 275-282. 

 ‚Mitbegründer des öffentlichen Raums? Religion und öffentliche Vernunft in den Sozialphilosophien von John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas and Paul Ricoeur‘, in J. Koenemann/S. Wendel (eds), Religion, Moderne, Öffentlichkeit (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2015), 189-208.

‘Dignity, Fragility, Singularity in Paul Ricoeur’s Ethics’, in Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity. Historical Traditions, Philosophical Interpretations, Legal Implementation and Contemporary Challenges, ed. by M. Düwell, J. Braarvig, R. Brownsword, D. Mieth (Cambridge: CUP, 2014), 286-97.

Review of Caspary, Almut, In Good Health. Philosophical-Theological Analysis of the Concept of Health in Contemporary Medical Ethics (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner,
2010) (Geschichte und Philosophie der Medizin, 9) in Theologische Revue 110 (2014) 316-318.

‘Granting forgiveness: Moral blackmail, or a free gift? Questions to the Epilogue of Paul Ricoeur's Memory, History, Forgetting’, in Annali di Studi Religiosi 13 (2012), 149-158.

‘Recognising traditions of argumentation in philosophical ethics,’ in C. Russell/L.Hogan/M. Junker-Kenny (eds.), Ethics for Graduate Researchers: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Oxford: Elsevier, 2013), 7-26.

‘Section 2: Research Ethics Governance in the EU. The Role of Civic Debate. The Question of Limits in Research’, ibid., 51-58.

‘Witnessing or mutual translation? Religion and the requirements of reason’, in Concilium 2011/1, From World Mission to Interreligious Witness (London: SCM, 2011), 105-114.

Memberships of Advisory and Editorial Boards

Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen, Germany
Member of the International Advisory Board of European Theology Studies
Ricoeur Group Steering Committee, American Academy of Religion (since 2015)
Co-editor of Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies (ERRS)
Co-Editor of Series Practical Theology in the Discourse of the Humanities (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2007-)
Member of the Institute Board of the Trinity Long Room Hub (2012-15)
Member of the Academic Council, Trinity College Dublin (2012-15)


List of undergraduate theses and PhD theses supervised

Contact Details

t: +353 1 8961044
Art Building, Room: 5030, Trinity College Dublin

Last updated 7 December 2016 (Email).