The Common Good in the Digital Age

James F. Keenan

Boston College, Director of the Jesuit Institute - USA, Boston

Moderator Session 4: Future horizons and their respective ethical dilemmas


James F. Keenan, S.J., is the Canisius Chair, Director of the Jesuit Institute and Director of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College.  He has been teaching at BC since 2003. A Jesuit priest since 1982, he received a licentiate and a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has edited or written 25 books and published over 400 essays, articles, and reviews. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Edinburgh, the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, and the Instituto Trentino di Cultura, in Trent, Italy.  He has been a visiting professor at the Ateneo de Manila (2001, 2003); at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore (2007, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017); Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, India, (2015, 2017); and the Pontical Gregorian University (2002, 2003, 2019).  He is the founder of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC) and co-chaired the international conferences in Padua (2006), Trento (2010) and Sarajevo (2018) as well as regional ones in Nairobi, Berlin, Krakow, Bangalore and Bogotá. Today CTEWC is a live network of over 1500 Catholic ethicists (  He has recently edited five books: with the late Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan and Ronaldo Zacharias, The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics, with George Griener A Lúcás Chan Reader: Pioneering Essays on Biblical and Asian Theological EthicsAmoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice with Grant Gallicho; Building Bridges in Sarajevo: The Plenary Papers of Sarajevo 2018, with Kristin Heyer and Andrea Vicini and Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics, with Mark McGreevey.  Recently he wrote University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics and is finishing another book, A Brief History of Catholic Ethics.  His next project is in developing an ethics of vulnerability.